Published: Mon, April 29, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

France wants to speed up Notre Dame reconstruction work

France wants to speed up Notre Dame reconstruction work

Eskenazi said that cigarette butts could not have possibly started the fire and was confused how Le Canard Enchaine discovered the materials.

Le Bras Frères, the company in charge of renovating Notre Dame, admitted that some of its workers ignored the ban and were smoking around the cathedral, reported BFM-TV.

Furthermore, the discovery of cigarette butts on the scaffolding added to the possible explanation for the blaze, despite being forbidden under company rules. "'Where is the body of the Lord?' This is the question that arose on Monday evening at the height of the Notre-Dame de Paris fire: 'Where is the body of the Lord?' It was necessary to save the cathedral, the treasure ..."

The Paris prosecutor's office has said it is exploring all possibilities, including arson, though it said there are no indications that the fire was started on objective. The motors "posed no problem", Eskenazi said, adding: "In any case, they are far away from the steeple and it has been established the fire started inside the building".

The 850-year-old Gothic building's spire and roof collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, was saved in the fire that took nine hours and 400 fire firefighters to put out.

Images of the ancient cathedral going up in flames on the night of April 15 sparked shock and dismay across the globe and in France, where it is considered one of the nation's most beloved landmarks. The light indicated that smoke had been detected in the attic. Pascal Quoirin, a specialist who restored the Notre Dame organ in 2017, has checked the instrument and says it did not suffer any damage in the blaze that destroyed most of the roof.

A worker stands between wooden planks on Notre Dame Cathedral on April 24, 2019, in Paris. Staff reportedly made checks but did not see anything unusual until a second alarm sounded about 20 minutes later.

The tabloid articles, entitled "God's punishment caught them", were later removed, while Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic assured that "all citizens of Serbia are sad" about the fire.

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