France pledges to rebuild Notre Dame after destructive fire

France pledges to rebuild Notre Dame after destructive fire

Private individuals and organisations within France have offered to dig deep, with the president of the Professional Football League (LFP) Nathalie Boy de la Tour saying the body "will help financially rebuild this cathedral".

"Or whether, as is often the case during the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre-Dame with a new spire that reflects the techniques and challenges of our era".

The Paris prosecutor's office have ruled out terror-related motives for now and say they are treating the fire as an accident.

"While we must await the final damage assessment, media images make it look like a tragic loss", he said. According to French authorities, two police officers and a firefighter were slightly injured.

The fire started roughly five or six minutes after the cathedral closed at 6:45 p.m., France 24 reported.

Nearby buildings were evacuated as fears mounted that the structure could collapse.

Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground.

The first 24-48 hours were crucial to protecting the stone and wood structure from water damage and assessing the next steps, she told The Associated Press, warning that parts of the cathedral remain "extremely fragile", notably hundreds of tons of scaffolding around the spire that collapsed. Gallet said "two-thirds of the roofing has been ravaged". Thousands of Parisians and tourists had watched in horror from nearby streets on Monday night as flames engulfed the building and officials tried to save as much as they could of the cathedral's countless treasures, built up over centuries. "Our friendship and prayers to @Eglisecatho, and especially to Mgr Aupetit", the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, tweeted, addressing the Bishops' Conference of France, and the archbishop of Paris Monsignor Michel Aupetit.

The Notre Dame's height also posed a challenge, providing extra oxygen for the fire to breath and complicating efforts to reach the flames.

"I gave collective absolution, as the Catholic Church authorises me", he said at the time. She did not provide details. Macron, who vowed to rebuild the 850-year-old Gothic monument, called for contributions and said he would draw on the world's best talents for the task.

Macron stated that a national fundraising campaign would be launched to restore the 856-year-old monument.

"Notre Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, the epicentre of our lives", Macron told reporters in front of the still burning Paris landmark", he said.

Goodall said gazing at a rose window in the mostly vacant church, hearing a piece by Bach playing in a distant corner for a wedding, was a "suddenly captured moment of eternity" and "perhaps the closest I have ever come to experiencing ecstasy, the ecstasy of the mystic".

The organization, which was founded in 1982, gave two grants a year ago totaling more than $430,000 for restoration projects at France's national library, she said.

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