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Notre Dame fire – live updates: Wealthy benefactors pledge millions to restore shattered cathedral as blaze fully extinguished

Notre Dame fire – live updates: Wealthy benefactors pledge millions to restore shattered cathedral as blaze fully extinguished

A French cultural heritage expert has said he believes France no longer has trees big enough to replace the ancient wooden beams destroyed by fire last night.   Bertrand de Feydeau, the vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, told France Info radio that the roof had been constructed with more than 800 years ago

A French cultural heritage expert has said he believes France no longer has trees big enough to replace the ancient wooden beams destroyed by fire last night.

 

Bertrand de Feydeau, the vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, told France Info radio that the roof had been constructed with more than 800 years ago with beams taken from primal forests.

 

Speaking on Tuesday, he said the cathedral’s roof cannot be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because “we don’t, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 13th century.”

 

He said the restoration work will have to use new technologies to rebuild the roof.

 

Additional reporting by AP



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