Macron vows to rebuild Notre-Dame within five years


París, France | AFP | 

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Tuesday to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral “within five years”, after a fire that toppled the steeple of the 850-year-old landmark and caused major damage to the roof.

This screen shot made on April 16, 2019 shows French President Emmanuel Macron addressing the nation on French private TV channel TF1 during which he vows to rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral within five years, a day after a fire erupted in the 850-year-old landmark, and Macron had cancelled a speech expected to outline key measures in response to months of anti-governments protests. (Photo by ludovic MARIN / AFP)

“We will rebuild the cathedral even more beautifully and I want it to be finished within five years,” Macron said in a televised address to the nation a day after the blaze. “And we can do it.”

But he also warned: “Let us not fall into the trap of haste.”

Macron said that the dramatic fire had brought out the best in a country that has been riven with divisions.

“What we saw last night in Paris was our capacity to mobilise and to unite,” the 41-year-old leader said in the solemn address from his office in the presidential palace.

France had over the course of its history seen many towns, ports and churches go up in flames, he said.

“Each time we rebuilt them,” he said, adding that the cathedral inferno had shown that “our history never stops and that we will always have trials to overcome.”

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