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'

Notre-Dame de Paris's spire moments before its collapse.
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Notre-Dame de Paris's spire moments before its collapse.

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.

An international competition to rebuild the Notre-Dame de Paris spire, designed by French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, has been opened by France.

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.

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.

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