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Notre Dame: Aerial footage reveals the true extent of the damage

17 April 2019

Generous donors have pledged more than €750 million to rebuild France's fire-hit Notre Dame cathedral.

"We will rebuild it". He announced a worldwide fundraising campaign that will raise money for the cathedral's restoration.

"I can say for the moment that local firefighters are linked with the church, whether it's a big church or a small church", he said.

Repairing the cathedral - including the 800-year-old wooden beams that made up its roof - presents challenges.

Renovation work on the steeple, where workers were replacing its lead covering, is widely suspected to have caused the inferno after the blaze broke out in an area under scaffolding. Officials have reportedly ruled out the possibility that the blaze was deliberately set.

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"Notre Dame will continue to serve as a symbol of France, including its freedom of religion and democracy", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Despite the loss of the spire, the cathedral's iconic twin bell towers remained intact on Tuesday morning along with a number of priceless treasures, including an 18th-century organ and the purported Crown of Christ.

One person said: "I can see it pretty clear, gown and all".

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. She proposed an worldwide donor conference in Paris and the Heritage Fund set up an global fundraiser for private donations for the reconstruction. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Tuesday on Twitter Pope Francis is praying "for those who are trying to cope with this dramatic situation".

French billionaire Bernard Arnault and his LVMH luxury conglomerate, rival high-end designer goods group Kering, Total oil company and cosmetics giant L'Oreal each pledged 100 million euros or more. His son, François-Henri Pinault, 56, who heads the family firm, said: "It's the nation".

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French Archbishop Patrick Chauvet holds the Holy Crown of Thorns during a procession outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris March 21, 2014. He called Notre Dame a "priceless treasure of Christian and world culture" and said Russian Federation is ready to send the "best specialists" to help rebuild it.

Images from inside the cathedral Tuesday showed its enormous walls standing proud, with statues still in place and a gleaming golden cross above the altar.

"My thoughts and prayers are with those who worship at the Cathedral and all of France at this hard time", the queen said in a letter to Macron.

Taken aback by what she saw, Lesley Rowan shared a picture of the fire on Facebook and asked others if they saw what she saw.

Mailhot recalls that people rescued items from the St. Boniface Cathedral as the roof burned, and apparently the same thing happened at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame: Aerial footage reveals the true extent of the damage