The group’s dramatic decision was taken to denounce the inaction of President Emmanuel Macron on climate change in the country.
Another activist suspended the crane boom and held a banner stating “Climate, Macron, Notre-Drama”.
Notre-Dame Cathedral is currently under construction while repair work is underway on the emblematic house of worship. Last April, a brazier almost engulfed the 12th century church and the French emblem. The fire – the cause of which is still unknown – started in the rafters and consumed the roof until nearly 400 firefighters sprayed it just over four hours later.
Greenpeace chief executive officer Jean-François Julliard chose the giant crane outside the cathedral, knowing that it was a place where the group’s press release would not be missed.
“We chose Notre-Dame-de-Paris because it is an emblematic monument of Paris, emblematic of France. This is an opportunity to send a strong message to all French people and even across borders because everyone knows this monument, “he said.
“We hear a lot of Emmanuel Macron announcing and promising, but in the acts, reality does not follow,” he said.
Another press release posted on Greenpeace’s Twitter thread on Thursday said: “The activists have a message for E. Macron:” We went very high to shout very loudly that blah, hypocrisy, is based on the climate, that’s enough! Action, now !!! “”
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