Restoration works continue at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris as risk of collapse still there

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Workers dismantle the scaffolding overhanging the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, on Monday 06 December 2020.

A giant crane has been installed in the meantime as works continue the landmark building eight months after a devastating fire that broke out on 15 April 2019.

The French general overseeing the reconstruction of fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is not saved yet because there’s still a risk its vaulted ceilings might collapse.

Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin told French broadcaster CNews on Sunday that “the cathedral is still in a state of peril” after last year’s fire, which destroyed its roof and toppled its 300-foot, 750-ton spire as the cathedral was undergoing renovations.

Last month, the rector of Notre Dame, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, said  that the cathedral is still so fragile there’s a “50% chance” the structure might not be saved, because the scaffolding may fall onto the vaulted ceilings.

 

 

Photo: EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

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