French PM announces competition for architects to rebuild Notre Dame spire

The French prime minister has announced an international competition for architects to rebuild the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Edouard Philippe is speaking following a special cabinet meeting held by French President Emmanuel Macron on the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Mr Philippe said the competition aims at “giving Notre Dame a spire adapted to techniques and challenges of our times”.

Edouard Philippe, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron (Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)
Edouard Philippe, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron (Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)

He said authorities have no estimation yet of the total cost of the renovation work. Mr Macron said he wants the cathedral to be rebuilt by five years.

Mr Philippe said: “This is obviously a huge challenge, a historic responsibility.”

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