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Notre Dame Celebrates a Small, Cautious Milestone

Cathedral holds first Mass since devastating fire, this time with hard hats

(Newser) - The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire. Exactly two months after the... More »

Notre Dame Bees Are Survivors

Beekeeper rejoices at activity around the hives

(Newser) - There was comfort to take in the horrific Notre Dame fire. No one was killed, and precious artworks survived. Now it turns out that thousands of small occupants did, as well: bees whose home is on the cathedral's roof. They've since been spotted buzzing in and out of... More »

Suspicion Turns to 'Computer Glitch' in Notre Dame Fire

But full answer may be 2 to 3 months away

(Newser) - Architects and construction workers have stabilized the structure of Notre Dame, four days after fire ravaged the iconic Paris cathedral, and firefighters will leave the site Friday night, a fire brigade spokesman said. "There is no more risk the edifice's walls could fall down," Lt. Col. Gabriel... More »

Backlash Begins Over Notre Dame Donations

Critics cite white privilege, and a billionaire donor responds

(Newser) - The $1 billion raised to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral is now receiving a dose of controversy. The Washington Post is among several outlets reporting that criticism is mounting in regard to income inequality about the large donations that came from billionaires like Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault. While most want... More »

Short-Circuit Probably Caused Catastrophic Fire, Official Says

Macron, Paris honor firefighters

(Newser) - Investigators say an electrical short-circuit was the most likely cause of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a Paris police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark Monday. A judicial police official told The Associated Press that investigators have made... More »

Plan to Save Notre Dame Relics 'Worked Perfectly'

Paris to hold ceremony to honor firefighters

(Newser) - Insurance adjuster Michael Honore has been tasked with assessing fire damage to Notre Dame's treasures—and his workload would be a lot bigger if the evacuation plan had failed. Honore, the director of fine art at Sedgwick, tells Reuters that around 90% of the cathedral's treasures were saved... More »

A Chance of a Lifetime for Architects After Notre Dame Fire

France seeks designs for new spire

(Newser) - The world watched, horrified, as Notre Dame’s spire toppled in the flames Monday. Two days later, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is already envisioning a new one, "adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era," per the BBC . All that remains of the spire erected... More »

Notre Dame Was Saved in Vital 15- to 30-Minute Window

France praises 'courage, determination' of firefighters

(Newser) - Notre Dame cathedral came within minutes of destruction but it is still standing today thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighters, authorities say. Laurent Nunez, France's deputy interior minister, said Tuesday that firefighters risked their lives to save the 850-year-old cathedral during a crucial 15- to 30-minute window of... More »

Guess Which Novel Is Suddenly No. 1 in France

'Hunchback of Notre Dame' by Victor Hugo climbs the Amazon charts there

(Newser) - The fire at Notre Dame cathedral has led to a surge in popularity of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel centered there. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, known as as Notre-Dame de Paris in French, now sits atop the Amazon best-seller list in France, reports HuffPost . In fact, two different editions... More »

Macron Promises to Rebuild Notre Dame Within 5 Years

President challenges France to make cathedral even more beautiful

(Newser) - France will rebuild Notre Dame "even more beautifully," President Emmanuel Macron told the nation Tuesday in a televised address. "And I want it to be completed in five years." One day after fire ravaged the cathedral, Reuters reports that Macron laid out the challenge ahead: "... More »

YouTube Suffers Big Fail on Notre Dame Fire

Fact-checking tool links it to 9/11 attacks

(Newser) - A new YouTube tool designed to curb crazy conspiracy theories may have inadvertently done the exact opposite on Monday. The site mistakenly linked the Notre Dame fire to the 9/11 attacks, reports BuzzFeed . The problem went like so: Various news outlets began putting live video feeds of the fire onto... More »

What Notre Dame Looks Like Today

Paris assesses the damage now that the cathedral fire is finally out

(Newser) - The devastating fire at Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral has been extinguished , and billionaires are pledging to help rebuild , but the public is only beginning to get a look at the extent of the damage to the 12th-century building. This file has photos moving Tuesday from the AP of the... More »

Notre Dame Blaze Now Fully Extinguished

Famous organ, Crown of Thorns were saved

(Newser) - Paris firefighters declared the fire at Notre Dame fully extinguished early Tuesday as France mourned the partial destruction of one of the country's most treasured landmarks. Authorities say the principal structure and the two bell towers have been saved, but the building is still unstable, the AP reports. The... More »

2 Billionaires Pledge $339M to Rebuild Notre Dame

'We will rebuild this cathedral,' Macron vows

(Newser) - "We will rebuild this cathedral," France's President Emmanuel Macron vowed Monday night after a fire devastated Notre Dame —and Salma Hayek's billionaire husband was one of the first to offer assistance. Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Kering group, pledged 100 million euros—$113... More »

Paris Tries to Save Notre Dame

Cathedral's towers appear safe from raging fire

(Newser) - Crowds gathered late Monday night outside Notre Dame, singing "Ave Maria" and other hymns while the iconic cathedral burned. As the mourners sang and prayed, French officials said the building's towers have been saved, the AP reports. Crews were able to keep the flames from spreading to the... More »

Notre Dame Fire: 'Everything Is Collapsing'

Firefighters in Paris may not be able to save the iconic cathedral

(Newser) - Paris' iconic Notre Dame is burning, and it may be doomed. France's interior minister says it "is not certain" the 850-year-old cathedral can be saved, reports AFP . The AP initially reported flames and smoke could be seen pouring from the base of the building's spire, which was... More »

Famous Landmark Asks Americans for Help

Notre Dame launches fundraising drive to save crumbling facade

(Newser) - Attention, Americans: Notre Dame needs your help. A $120 million fundraising drive is underway to save the Gothic cathedral's famous façade and sneering gargoyles. The target audience: the 14 million visitors who flock to the 850-year-old landmark each year, a huge chunk of them from the US. "... More »

2 Shots, Then Man Down Near Notre Dame Cathedral

Cop shot hammer-wielding man who attacked him, police say

(Newser) - A police officer shot and wounded a man who attacked him with a hammer near Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, Paris police and a police union official say. Union official Cedric Michel says a man armed with a hammer went after the cop, who was patrolling the esplanade in front... More »

Notre Dame Evacuated After Suicide at Altar

Man reportedly shoots himself

(Newser) - Paris' legendary Notre Dame Cathedral was evacuated today, after a man shot himself in front of the altar, police tell France 24 . The incident occurred around 4pm local time, while the tourist attraction was open to the public. Some 1,500 visitors were cleared out after the man put a... More »

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