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

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People may perhaps also take comfort from Emmanuel Macron's vow to rebuild the cathedral "even more beautiful" within five years.

"Notre-Dame is our sister, it is so sad, we are all mourning - Parisians, French people, tourists, the Chinese, the whole planet", he said.

In a live, televised, presidential address to the nation, he vowed the cathedral would be even more lovely than it was before.

When asked if he had concerns about heritage Quebec churches, Lépine said many of them have modern alarm systems and they have video surveillance that would show the start of a fire early on.

The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit told RMC radio, "Notre-Dame was destroyed but the soul of France was not".

The cathedral, one of Paris's most famous landmarks, lost its spire and roof, but still has its iconic bell towers.

Those statues had been fixed to the cathedral in the mid-19th century when the spire had been built to replace the original 13th-century one that had been dismantled in the late 18th century because of weather damage. The French Interior Ministry announced yesterday that "the walls have been preserved and at least 30pc of the artworks have been saved", but the entire wooden structure, the spire and almost 70pc of the artworks have gone forever.

Paris officials said firefighters worked to save as much art work and holy objects from the 12th-century cathedral as they could.

Paris Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire described authorities' "enormous relief" at the salvaging of pieces such as the Crown, which were transported to a "secret location" after the fire.

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"It is dented but properly restorable", a Ministry of Culture spokesman said of the rooster, which contains three relics that may also have survived the blaze.

Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said 50 investigators are involved in the "long and complex" effort to find the cause.

Pierluigi Pericolo, in charge of restoration and security at the St. Donatian basilica in Nantes, said it could take two to five years just to secure Notre Dame, given its size.

"As many others I'm in deep shock and sadness to witness the beauty of Notre-Dame turn into smoke".

As of Tuesday morning, it had raised $237,857.

Winnipegger Mariette Mulaire, the president and CEO of the World Trade Centre, an organization which works to help Manitoba companies grow their businesses internationally, has visited Paris several times and has toured the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The fire occurred during the holiest week of the year for Christians. An Easter Mass had been planned at the cathedral on Sunday.

The novel went on to become a classic and is largely credited with helping to initiate a vast renovation of the crumbling cathedral - Hugo's "majestic and sublime edifice" - in the mid-19th century, completed by the architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

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