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Notre-Dame's Rooster Statue Found "Battered" In Debris Of Paris Cathedral

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France has vowed to rebuild the beloved Parisian landmark after the fire gutted the roof and ruined the spire. We rebuilt Warsaw from the ruins ourselves.

"What I remember is, walking towards the cathedral, was this ball of flame", he said.

Repairing the cathedral - including the 800-year-old wooden beams that made up its roof - presents challenges.

The exact cause of the blaze wasn't known, but French media quoted the fire brigade as saying it was "potentially linked" to a 6 million euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church's spire and its 250 tons of lead. Officials have reportedly ruled out the possibility that the blaze was deliberately set.

Addressing the nation last (Tuesday) night, he said: "We have so much to rebuild, so yes, we will rebuild the Notre-Dame cathedral, even more handsome, and I want that to be completed from now - until five years". Two police officers and a firefighter were slightly injured.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced the release of 50 million euros to restore the renowned cathedral.

"If it were me, I'd want the memory", she said.

"We remember with grateful hearts the tolling of Notre Dame's bells on September 12, 2001, in solemn recognition of the tragic September 11th attacks on American soil". She proposed an worldwide donor conference in Paris and the Heritage Fund set up an global fundraiser for private donations for the reconstruction.

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Gabriel Plus said Tuesday morning that emergency services are now "surveying the movement of the structures and extinguishing smoldering residues". His son, François-Henri Pinault, 56, who heads the family firm, said: "It's the nation".

That donation was then trumped by French tycoon Bernard Arnault and his luxury goods group LVMH, which pledged 200 million euros.

Additional money for the restoration will also come from a church fund created by Hidalgo several years ago that has a budget of 80 million euros.

Men work on a statue on a facade at Notre-Dame Cathedral after a massive fire devastated large parts of the gothic structure in Paris, France, April 16, 2019.

Funding for the reconstruction of Notre Dame is piling up at a spectacular rate, with two of France's richest families together quickly pledging 300 million euros. People gathered near the cathedral to sing hymns.

Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said on Twitter on Tuesday that the pope "is close to France" and that he is offering prayers "for all those who are trying to cope with this dramatic situation".

Taken aback by what she saw, Lesley Rowan shared a picture of the fire on Facebook and asked others if they saw what she saw.

Notre Dame, a symbol of Christian splendour that has captured the dreams of poets, princes and lovers through eight centuries of French history, was engulfed by flames which destroyed its roof and spire.

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