Inside Notre-Dame: The challenges of restoring iconic cathedral

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What is Paris without Notre-Dame? Here we are on the second anniversary the great fire that gutted the fabled cathedral, only it is not just Our Lady but all of France's great landmarks that are off limits in these times of lockdown. And yet despite the pandemic, the work continues.

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We take you inside the race to restore Notre-Dame with FRANCE 24's exclusive report on efforts to meet a 2024 deadline set by President Emmanuel Macron, 2024 being the year the French capital hosts the Olympics. We ask about the decision to rebuild the lead spire and oak roof beams to original specs.

And we ask what Notre-Dame means not only to Paris and France but to the planet, what with donations pouring in from around the world. With its 850 years of trials and tribulations, it's much more than a house of worship. What will it represent when it and the rest of France reopen in earnest?

>> Our exclusive report: Rising from the flames: Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral, two years on

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.

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