Yesterday afternoon the roof and spire of Notre Dame cathedral caught fire, possibly set off by a major renovation project at the building’s apex. Important artefacts were saved, President Macron cancelled a pre-recorded TV speech that was to air that evening addressing the issue of ‘gilets jaunes’, and pronounced RE the cathedral ‘the worst has been avoided’. Calling for a fundraising effort for repairs, France’s richest man and En March supporter Francois Pinault has already pledged €100 million.
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