Notre-Dame de France renovation to resume on Monday

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Paris: Restoration work on Notre Dame Cathedral Paris will gradually resume on Monday after the coronavirus The foreclosure forced to suspend repair of the Gothic monument almost destroyed by fire a year ago, said the project’s general manager on Thursday.
Reconstruction was halted in mid-March, France having imposed strict residence orders and business closings to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

“I made sure that the measures and procedures necessary to guarantee the implementation of social distancing and protection measures” for the workers on the site, General Jean-Louis Georgelin said in a statement.

The 13th-century monument was the victim of a devastating fire on April 15, 2019, which caused its roof and bell tower to collapse, and despite intense efforts at cleaning and stabilization, the fragile structure remains in danger.
Before the reconstruction was suspended, the 60 to 70 workers at the site were preparing to remove more toxic lead particles deposited during the melting of the roof, which contaminated parts of the French capital.

Once work resumes normally in May, they will also attempt to gently remove a tangled web of metal scaffolding tubes that have melted together in hell, which erupted during renovations to the roof.

Until they do so, they cannot install a more durable temporary roof to protect the church’s priceless works of art from the rain.

Last week, the church rang a single bell from its south tower to mark the anniversary of the fire, coinciding with nightly applause from windows across the country for health workers on the front lines of the COVID crisis- 19.

President Emmanuel Macron reiterated its goal of restoring Notre-Dame to its former glory within five years, calling this effort “a symbol of the resilience of our people”.

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