Amul’s cartoon on Notre Dame fire is dedicated to France’s resilience

Amul’s cartoon on Notre Dame fire is dedicated to France’s resilience

Amul’s cartoon on Notre Dame fire is dedicated to France’s resilience

Nearly $1 billion has been raised to rebuild the iconic monument, the Associated Press reported, and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an global competition for architects to rebuild the spire, according to the French news agency AFP.

Philippe said a competition will be held to see if the spire should be rebuilt.

The famed Chartres Cathedral, Marseille's Cathedral of Sainte Marie-Majeure, Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg and Paris' Sacré-Coeur Basilica joined a chorus of more than 100 French cathedrals participating in the act of solidarity.

Almost $1 billion in donations have poured in for the vast restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral - but a pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron that it will be completed within five years was facing accusations of being wildly off track.

"May the Virgin Mary bless them and support the work of reconstruction: may it be a collective effort, to the praise and glory of God", he said.

But Macron told his fellow citizens that it should be done by 2024, when Paris is due to host the Summer Olympics, and that the restored cathedral will be "even more attractive". Fifty people were working on what would be a long and complex investigation, officials said.

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Paris public prosecutor Remy Heitz said there was no obvious indication the fire was arson.

But the exact cause remains a mystery.

Officials have warned that Notre Dame may still have gravely unsafe vulnerabilities, especially in the soaring vault.

Investigators will not be able to enter the cathedral's blackened nave until experts are satisfied its walls withstood the heat and the building is structurally sound. Only when a second alarm went off - 23 minutes later - was fire detected. Most of the wooden roof beams have been burned, and parts of the concrete vaulting holding up the roof have collapsed. Among those questioned are workers at the five construction companies involved in work renovating the church spire and roof that had been underway when the fire broke out.

The global outcry over the devastating fire demonstrates Notre Dame's pull. "They are holding up all by themselves", he said, adding that some statues must be removed to lessen the weight on the gables. And when there is construction, he said, "the building is exposed to all sorts of risky activity".

Authorities said the building was only minutes away from complete destruction, but the daring response of 400 firefighters made a vital difference, saving the cathedral's famous bell towers, its ornate stained-glass rose windows and many irreplaceable artistic and religious treasures.

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