Notre Dame Fire Donations Near $1 Billion As Cathedral Considers First Reconstruction Steps

More than 800 million euros ($920 million) has already been pledged for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral, according to French Culture Minister Franck Riester. The normal annual budget for restoring national monuments is about 300 million euros, he said. The immediate priority is to secure Notre Dame’s vault, which has a gaping hole in the […]

A Late Professor Digitally Scanned Notre Dame. Now His Work May Give the Cathedral New Life 

On Tuesday morning, after fire ravaged Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral, the EU’s top digital affairs civil servant lamented the loss of one of Europe’s wonders. “Preserving with digitization is important for us and for future generations,” Roberto Viola tweeted. “With Notre Dame we’ve lost a piece of our history.” Viola’s tweet bore a link to […]

‘It’s a Bit of a Miracle’: What Firefighters Saved in the Notre-Dame Fire

It’s rather staggering that Notre-Dame is standing at all on Tuesday morning after seeing flames shoot through the roof Monday. It’s also jaw dropping that firefighters were able to save so many of the church’s most precious objects. “It’s a bit of a miracle; we are very relieved,” Andr? Finot, a cathedral spokesman, told BFMTV, […]

A Challenge of Rebuilding Notre Dame: The Forests That Supplied Its Wood Are All But Gone

As flames erupted in the attic of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, some 400 firefighters rushed to save one of Europe’s great historical and architectural symbols. The blaze, the cause of which remains unknown, raged for 12 hours, toppling Notre Dame’s 13th Century center spire in the process. The Paris Police Force deemed it […]

Rival French Billionaires Pledge Nearly $600 Million to Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

France’s luxury-goods tycoons pledged 300 million euros ($339 million) to help in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral after the Paris landmark was ravaged by fire on Monday, answering a call from President Emmanuel Macron for a fund-raising campaign. Francois-Henri Pinault, the chairman and chief executive officer of Gucci owner Kering SA, and his father, Francois […]

French Officials Slam Trump’s Proposed Solution to Notre Dame Fire

As news spread Monday of the catastrophic fire at Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris, U.S. President Donald Trump offered his thoughts on the matter. Two hours later, French safety officials offered a withering take-down on those thoughts. After expressing his shock at seeing the fire in a tweet, Trump suggested, “Perhaps flying water tankers […]