Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral - Six months after the April 15 fire that tore through the roof of the 13th-century Notre Dame de Paris cathedral the reconstruction process has according to reports, been much more complex than anticipated.

One day after the blaze President Emmanuel Macron addressed a nation in shock at the damage to one of its great cultural landmarks, with a promise that "it would be rebuilt even more beautifully and finished within five years,". While that may turn out to be true, it is a task that will be a lot more difficult than originally believed.

There were concerns whether the funding would ever be realised. France's richest man Bernard Arnault in September signed a formal accord over his pledge of 200 million euros, as did the Pinault family for their promised 100 million euros. A signing on another 100 million promised by the oil giant Total is awaited in October.

But lovers of the historic masterpiece, be they tourists, or worshippers, may have to wait some time before Notre-Dame becomes theirs again.



Last local news

Evening Update 14 Oct

The Var has been put under a yellow weather alert for thunder and possible flooding overnight tonight. The storms follow a very warm weekend where tem... Evening Update 14 Oct Read More



American actor Patrick Dempsey will receive an “excellence award” for his career in television and cinema at Mipcom which opens today in Cannes. ... Mipcom Read More


Cargo ship

A cargo ship has run a ground along the coast of southern Corsica. The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning in the heart of the Bon... Cargo ship Read More


Lumière film festival

The 10th annual Lumière film festival opened in Lyon on Sunday, with actress Frances McDormand kicking off the event. ... Lumière film festival Read More


France and Germany halt arms exports to Turkey

France and Germany have announced that they are temporarily halting arms exports to Turkey over the country's military action in northern Syria.... France and Germany halt arms exports to Turkey Read More