Watch President Emmanuel Macron's full address Tuesday in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire.
“What we saw last night is that capacity we have to unite and overcome,” said Macron, pledging to rebuild the cathedral within 5 years.
On Monday night, after the blaze erupted, Macron had cancelled a speech expected to outline key measures in response to months of anti-governments protests.
That speech had been keenly awaited after Macron toured France in nationwide debates aimed at hearing the concerns of ordinary French people.
But the presidency indicated that now was not the time to deal with this question and that a cabinet meeting on Wednesday would be "entirely devoted" to handling the aftermath of the fire.
REPLAY: Macron vows to rebuild Notre-Dame within 5 years