French President Emmanuel Macron now believes that Notre-Dame should be restored as it looked before the April 2019 fire. The striker must also look like before.
Shortly after the fire, the President had suggested putting a “contemporary spire” on the cathedral, but he now has a different belief. The French presidential palace reports this on Thursday evening.
Macron now supports the consensus of architects and public opinion. He does this after a meeting of the French Heritage and Architecture Commission (CNPA). Philippe Villeneuve, the architect in charge of the restoration works, presented his design on Thursday, a 3,000-page file. The CNPA unanimously approved Villeneuve’s plans.
If a modern striker had arrived, an architectural competition would have been necessary. That had further delayed the delivery of the restored cathedral.
Macron still hopes the church will open again in 2024. Last week, the site manager, General Jean-Louis Georgelin, had said that the scaffolding still standing around the church will have been demolished by the end of September at the latest.