Notre Dame's iconic rooster retrieved from rubble

Joann Johnston
April 17, 2019

Not only do they have a home near the cathedral but the couple were also married nearby in a civil ceremony 10 years ago.

Most of the roof has been destroyed, its steeple has collapsed and an unknown number of artifacts and paintings have been lost.

The cathedral's famous 18th century organ that boasts more than 8,000 pipes also survived. "That cathedral saw Paris grow".

In a live, televised, presidential address to the nation, he vowed the cathedral would be even more handsome than it was before. "And we can do it".

"The worst has been avoided, but the battle isn't fully won yet", President Macron said in an impassioned speech outside the cathedral.

The Vatican on Monday expressed "shock and sadness" at the fire that caused extensive damage to a cathedral that is "a symbol of Christianity in France and in the world".

Junior interior minister Laurent Nunez told reporters at the scene that work to secure the structure would continue into Thursday, allowing firefighters access to remove remaining artifacts and artworks.

Almost 400 firefighters fought the blaze for more than nine hours, the department said. Any art works on loan from third parties would, however, be insured, Read added.

US President Donald Trump relayed Americans' "condolences" to Macron over the fire, the White House said. There were hopes the windows had escaped being destroyed by the fire after firefighters stopped its spread.

Tusk, who chairs summits of EU national leaders, told lawmakers Tuesday that the blaze reminds Europeans of "how much we can lose".

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The metal rooster which perched on the top of Notre Dame's spire was found in the rubble on Tuesday and appears to have been spared the worst of the fire.

Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said the investigation would be "long and complex". Officials have reportedly ruled out the possibility that the blaze was deliberately set.

Rhone is a French department situated in the east of the country.

French tycoon Bernard Arnault and his luxury goods group LVMH have pledged 200 million euros ($226 million) for the reconstruction of Notre Dame, following a reported 100 million-euro donation from another French billionaire, Francois Pinault.

Support came from outside France as well, with Apple chief Tim Cook announcing the tech giant would give an unspecified amount to help restore a "precious heritage for future generations".

French President Emmanuel Macron has said France would launch a fundraising campaign to rebuild Notre-Dame, which ranks among the finest examples of French Gothic cathedral architecture.

But experts warned a full restoration will take many years.

"What I remember is, walking towards the cathedral, was this ball of flame", he said. A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. Two police officers and a firefighter were slightly injured. Brought to Paris by King Louis IX in the 13th century, it is purported to have been pressed onto Christs head during the crucifixion.

Rescuers formed a human chain at the site of the disaster to evacuate as many artifacts as possible, which were then stocked temporarily at the Paris town hall.

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