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Parisians and President Macron salute the city's firefighters | World news

Macron invites fire crews to the Élysée Palace while crowds gather for their own tributeAs hundreds of firefighters in ceremonial uniform marched through the gates of the French presidential palace to receive personal thanks from Emmanuel Macron for saving the structure of Notre Dame Cathedral, crowds gathered outside to cheer and clap.Many of those applauding had watched horrified from Paris streets earlier this week as over 500 firefighters worked through the night to put out the fire and prev...

The billionaires’ donations will turn Notre Dame into a monument to hypocrisy | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion

Handouts from France’s super-rich make them look pious, and lend credibility to gross inequalityIn 2017, a welter of stories appeared in the international press pointing out the brokenness of Paris’s Notre Dame. Cathedral officials showed journalists how patches of limestone would crumble at a finger’s touch. Gargoyles that had lost their heads were patched up with plastic pipes, while fallen balustrades were replaced with wooden planks. All this decay was caused by pollution, acid rain and eigh...

Notre Dame to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild | World news

Cathedral’s chief priest says Paris mayor backs idea of space for Catholics feeling orphaned after Monday’s blazeCatholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre Dame will be welcomed in an “ephemeral cathedral” made of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre Dame’s chief priest has said.Speaking to France’s CNews television channel on Thursday, Monseigneur Patrick Chauvet said: “We mustn’t say ‘the cathedral is closed for five years' and that’s it...

Macron's gilets jaunes speech is pivotal after Notre Dame disaster | World news

French president postponed his address to the nation but the stakes have been raisedThe broadcast was ready to go. Emmanuel Macron’s address to the nation in response to months of protest and violence from the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement and the “great national debate” they sparked, had been recorded that afternoon and was due to go live at 8pm.Running to 26 minutes it was, said Le Monde, “a make-or-break moment for the presidency and for this president, confronted […] with one of the ...

Hunchback of Notre-Dame goes to top of bestseller list after fire | World news

Different editions of the Victor Hugo classic occupy five slots in Amazon France’s top 10Victor Hugo’s 19th-century literary classic The Hunchback of Notre-Dame has soared to the top of France’s online bestseller list after the fire that ravaged the 850-year-old Paris cathedral on Monday night.By Wednesday morning, different editions of the 1831 novel occupied the first, third, fifth, seventh and eighth slots in Amazon France’s bestseller list, with a history of the gothic architectural masterpi...

Assassin's Creed creators pledge €500,000 to Notre Dame | Games

Ubisoft Montréal, which built a huge-scale virtual cathedral for its game Assassin’s Creed Unity, will donate to restoration effortsVideo game creators at Ubisoft Montréal – the development studio that rebuilt 18th-century Paris in its 2014 historical action game Assassin’s Creed Unity – have joined the global outpouring of grief in the wake of Monday’s devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.Ubisoft will be donating €500,000 to help with restoration efforts, and is also making Assassin’s Creed...

Notre Dame has always been a work in progress – let’s embrace its restoration | Philip Ball | Opinion

The damage to this magnificent cathedral is tragic, but the challenge now is to match the skill and vision that produced itThe flames leaping above the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral, as crowds of dazed onlookers sung hymns in the twilight, looked apocalyptic, a sight from the end of days – or at least the climactic scene of a Dan Brown novel. The destruction of a building so iconic, so symbolic of a nation, is deeply unsettling. And so it should be, for this irreplaceable loss of 800-year-old h...

France announces architecture competition to rebuild Notre Dame spire | World news

PM says rebuilt cathedral should reflect ‘techniques and challenges of our times’The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has announced an international architecture competition to rebuild the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral.The 93-metre spire collapsed on Monday in a fire that began at its base and spread through the cathedral’s ribbed roof, made up of hundreds of oak beams, some dating back to the 13th century. Continue reading...

Drone footage shows Notre Dame Cathedral fire damage – video | World news

Aerial footage reveals the extent of the damage to Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire tore through the 850-year-old structure. Up to 500 firefighters had battled to contain the flames on Monday evening. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has vowed to rebuild the Paris landmark within five years. The fire started at the base of the 93-metre spire and spread through the cathedral’s ribbed roof, made up of hundreds of oak beams, some dating back to the 13th centuryNotre Dame was ‘15 to 30 minute...

Notre Dame fire: Macron promises to make cathedral 'more beautiful than before' | World news

French president vows to rebuild within five years but experts warn of painstaking work that could take decadesEmmanuel Macron has announced he wants to see Notre Dame cathedral rebuilt “more beautiful than before” within five years, but there are warnings that the repairs could take decades and will involve substantial challenges.The main problems include the sourcing of materials and painstaking work to preserve elements of the church that have survived the fire but might have been badly damag...

How protesters toppled Sudan's Omar al-Bashir – podcast | News

The Guardian’s Nesrine Malik grew up in Sudan and witnessed first-hand the brutality of the country’s then president, Omar al-Bashir. Malik reflects on what his ousting, after 30 years, means for Sudan. Plus: Angelique Chrisafis on the Notre Dame Cathedral fireOmar al-Bashir, the last of the Arab world’s long-term dictators, was finally overthrown last week after months of protests. The Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik grew up under Bashir’s government. In the 1990s, while at the University of K...

Notre Dame restoration: how to save an iconic building from fire | World news

Help offered to the cathedral’s repairers amid hopes the Parisian landmark can be restoredJohn David, the master stonemason at York Minster, remembers the night of 9 July 1984 well. At about 2am, a lightning bolt hit the cathedral’s south transept and started a fire that raged through the building, collapsing the roof and causing millions of pounds’ worth of damage.“I remember some people coming to the building in tears,” he said. “I didn’t have that emotion. I was just thinking ‘let’s get it al...

France is a divided nation – but Notre Dame has brought us together | Marion Van Renterghem | Opinion

The liberal elite, the gilets jaunes, young, old, the Catholic right – we are united in grief at this tragedyEmmanuel Macron is apparently agnostic. But if he believed in God, he might have wondered if the Lord was sending him a message on Monday evening. At around 6pm, just as the French president prepared to record a highly anticipated address to the nation to be broadcast on TV later, flames were overwhelming Notre Dame Cathedral. Macron’s team first thought of postponing the broadcast, which...