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Notre-Dame: Minister of Culture describes Paris Cathedral as "saved" after the fire


Despite the massive damage to the Paris Cathedral, France's Minister of Culture has commented positively on the condition of Notre-Dame. Soon, a huge "umbrella" to protect the building.

All sensitive areas have been secured and stabilized: Five days after the devastating conflagration, the Paris Cathedral Notre-Dame, according to Minister of Culture Franck Riester "almost saved." He said that on Saturday evening at a concert gala of the television channel France 2 for the reconstruction of the church, as the news agency AFP reported.

Only the vault would have to be freed of debris in some places and secured. Dozens of musicians performed at the gala, including singer Mireille Mathieu and pianist Lang Lang.

The world-famous cathedral in the heart of Paris was severely damaged by the fire on Monday night. Above all, the roof is now largely destroyed.

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To ensure that no water can penetrate the building in the coming weeks, a pitched roof should protect the cathedral. The big tarpaulin should be placed over the building like a giant "umbrella".

As a consequence of the fire France wants to propose to the European Union a "cooperation mechanism for the endangered European inheritance", as the Secretary of State for European affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, the "Journal du Dimanche" said.

This aims for mutual help and knowledge sharing. In addition, a network of experts can be set up. The proposal will be discussed on 3 May at a meeting of Ministers for Culture and European Affairs in France.

Source: spiegel

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