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France's Macron commits to renovating Notre-Dame within five years

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Published on April 16, 2019 - Duration: 00:56s

France's Macron commits to renovating Notre-Dame within five years

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised that France would rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, saying he hoped it could be done in five years.

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France's Macron commits to renovating Notre-Dame within five years

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President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday (April 16) that France would rebuild the fire-devastated Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, saying he hoped the work would be done in five years and the French people would pull together to repair their national symbol.

Macron devoted a brief prime-time televised address to Monday's catastrophic blaze in the heart of the capital, again postponing planned remarks on his response to months of anti-government protests.

He visited the site of the fire late on Monday and promised then to rebuild the cathedral, parts of which date to the 12th century.

The cathedral spire was destroyed and its roof gutted but the bell towers were still standing and many valuable art works were saved after more than 400 firemen worked to contain the blaze, finally quelling it 14 hours after it began.

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