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French president VOWS to rebuild Notre Dame

French president VOWS to rebuild Notre Dame
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild Notre Dame with help from the international community after a devastating fire gutted the famous cathedral last night. Read full story 
Speaking in the shadow of the 850-year-old building just hours after its roof caved in, Macron told the world's assembled press that a national fundraising campaign to restore it would be launched today, and he called on the world's 'greatest talents' to help.

The French leader credited the 'courage' and 'great professionalism' of firefighters with sparing Notre Dame's facade and two landmark towers from being destroyed, and fire chiefs said early today the inferno had been brought under control.
But much of the UNESCO World Heritage landmark building had already been devastated.
The 300ft-tall Gothic spire collapsed into the embers early in the blaze to pained cries of ‘Oh my God’ from locals transfixed by the unfolding scene.
 The blaze broke out just before 7pm local time in a roof area undergoing renovations.
 The fire service said last night they believed it was an accident, but investigations were continuing. Main picture: The height of the blaze, flames shot into the Paris night sky sending a plume of smoke across the city.



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