France's Macron Hopes Notre Dame Can Be Rebuilt Within 5 Years


France's Macron Hopes Notre Dame Can Be Rebuilt Within 5 Years

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th April, 2019) French President Emmanuel Macron said in an address to the nation on Tuesday that the Notre Dame cathedral would hopefully be rebuilt within five years.

"We will make the Notre Dame cathedral even more beautiful. And I want this to be achieved within five years from now," he said in a speech broadcast by the French presidential office.

The 850-year-old Gothic cathedral went up in flames on Monday evening. The blaze, which raged for more than 12 hours, caused the building's iconic spire and most of the wooden roof to collapse. Paris public prosecutor Remy Heitz said an accident was the most likely cause of the fire.

Macron praised firefighters and said he was convinced that the French people could mobilize in the face of this tragedy. Pledges of donations have been pouring in since Tuesday morning. Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country's experts were ready to help with renovation.

The fire took some of the invaluable treasures preserved at the cathedral. The extent of the damage is still to be assessed. Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, the head of Europa Nostra, a leading pan-European federation for cultural heritage, told Sputnik this loss should raise awareness of the need to invest in historical sites.

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