France invites architects to rebuild fire-hit Notre-Dame de Paris
PM Edouard Phillippe says the French icon needs a new spire that meets contemporary 'techniques and challenges'
After the Notre-Dame de Paris's wooden cathedral spire dramatically collapsed after a devastating fire on April 15, architects from around the world have been invited to submit a winning design for its reconstruction.
Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe said France is looking for a new spire that meets the “techniques and challenges” of the modern era.
French President Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, has vowed to rebuild the Gothic cathedral in just five years.
He tweeted that France would rebuild the 850-year-old historical landmark “even more beautifully” than before.
Nous sommes ce peuple de bâtisseurs. Nous avons tant à reconstruire. Alors oui, nous rebâtirons la cathédrale Notre-Dame, plus belle encore, et je souhaite que cela soit achevé d’ici 5 années, nous le pouvons. Et là aussi nous mobiliserons.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 16, 2019
France also plans to pass a new law that gives tax reductions to citizens who make a financial contribution to the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris.
Under a proposed policy, French taxpayers who make a donation of up to €1,000 ($1,129) will get a 75% tax cut. People who donate more than this will get a tax cut of 66%. Businesses will also benefit from a tax cut called patronage, the governemnt has said.
French billionaire François-Henri Pinault has reportedly pledged $113m towards the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris
Praise has been heaped on the 400 firefighters who risked their lives to tackle the blaze that ravaged a building that has stood tall through the French Revolution and two world wars.
Faut-il reconstruire une flèche ? À l’identique ? Adaptée aux techniques et aux enjeux de notre époque ? Un concours international d’architecture portant sur la reconstruction de la flèche de la cathédrale sera organisé. #NotreDame— Edouard Philippe (@EPhilippePM) April 17, 2019