FRANCE

A year after blaze, Notre Dame restoration halted by coronavirus

A devastating fire burnt through France's most iconic cathedral on the 15th of April last year. Notre Dame's roof fell in, its spire burnt to the ground .. weakening its foundation. Mgr Patrick Chauvet, recteur de la cathédrale Notre Dame de ParisOh my memory of it .. Well I was on Rue du Cloître-Notre-Dame, just on the side of the cathedral, and I saw the spiral engulfed in flames. I thought to myself: tragedy is about to happen. With the Covid 19 outbreak, restoration work has been put on hold since the 16th of March. Scaffolding that melted during the fire and is currently putting pressure on the building's foundations was supposed to be removed. Now, that work will have to wait.