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Notre Dame came far closer to collapsing than anybody knew

Some of what went wrong that night has been reported in the French media. Now, The New York Times conducted scores of interviews and reviewed hundreds of documents to reconstruct the missteps — and the battle that saved Notre Dame in the first four critical hours after the blaze began. Authored by Elian Peltier, James […]

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French Parliament approves Notre Dame restoration bill

French President Emmanuel Macron's and his centrist Party, En Marche, supported the construction of a modern spire, to make a "contemporary architectural statement." France’s Parliament voted on Tuesday in favour of a law to restore the damaged roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, after a fire destroyed its spire in April. At issue for lawmakers was […]

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Homeless activists outside Notre Dame seek ‘a roof too’

Call to remember the poor after $1 bn pledge for Cathedral Dozens of public housing advocates protested outside the gutted Notre Dame in Paris on Monday to demand that France’s poorest be remembered after donors pledged $1 billion to rebuild the cathedral and its destroyed roof. Around 50 people from a French homeless association gathered […]

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Some Notre-Dame treasures saved by French firefighters

Around 400 French firefighters faced a rapidly spreading fire at Notre-Dame as they arrived on the scene Monday evening, but appeared to have prevented the complete destruction of the cathedral and managed to rescue some of its priceless artifacts by rushing inside, officials said. Dozens of fire engines and at least 18 high-pressure aerial hoses […]