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Notre-Dame cathedral ‘on course to reopen in 2024’

Notre-Dame cathedral ‘on course to reopen in 2024’

The rebuilding of the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is going on, the French President said on Thursday. Emmanuel Macron praised efforts made to restore the landmark and confirmed that the pearl of Parisian architecture is ‘on course to reopen in 2024’.

President Macron announced that the Notre Dame cathedral will soon be available to visitors from all visitors. After two years to the day after the globe watched transfixed in horror as flames ravaged the cathedral, President said “immense” restoration work had already been accomplished since the blaze.

“We are also looking to the three coming years because we will have to meet our targets, and therefore there is a great mobilisation of planning that is very demanding and rigorous,” he added.

In 2019, President has set a five-year restoration target in the immediate aftermath of the fire, which would mean the cathedral could be visited again when Paris hosts the 2024 summer Olympics. Mr Macron reiterated the objective a year later, despite delays brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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