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From blaze to pandemic: Notre-Dame marks fire anniversary under virus lockdown

A year after an inferno engulfed Paris's cathedral, reconstruction works are running months behind schedule, delayed by massive quantities of toxic lead, winter storms and now the coronavirus pandemic.Big business has pledged almost a billion euros for reconstruction, but only a fifth of the money has arrived so far, and the economic downturn triggered by the pandemic is adding to the uncertainty.FRANCE 24 spoke to Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the rector of Notre-Dame, about the fire’s anniversary, the cathedral’s reconstruction, and this year’s subdued Easter celebrations.

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