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Macron Says France Will Rebuild Notre Dame

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

06:42 16 Apr 2019


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Firefighters in Paris say the blaze which has destroyed parts of Notre Dame cathedral is now fully extinguished.

Its spire and much of the ancient roof collapsed last night - but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved.

The cathedral has been a landmark of the French capital for over 800-years.

French President Emmanuel Macron say the country will rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.

He visited the site of the fire last night.

One firefighter has been seriously injured in the blaze and local media say police are treating the blaze as an accident.

The cause of the fire, which was brought under control after nine hours, isn't yet clear.

A fund is being launched today to help pay for what could be a massive reconstruction project.

Meanwhile, one of the richest men in France is donating one hundred million Euro to the reconstruction.

François-Henri Pinault, who's married to the actress Salma Hayek, says he wants to "revive the jewel of our heritage", and see the cathedral completely rebuilt.

He's the chairman and CEO of the Kering group, which owns fashion labels including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

Parisians sang hymns as they watched the blaze yesterday evening.


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