'French president Emmanuel Macron promised that Notre Dame will be renovated within five years and will be “even better than before”, after the catastrophic fire that ravaged much of the building.
Investigators have already begun assessing the damage and questioning people to try to establish what started the blaze that consumed the roof and spire of the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral.
More then €600m (£518m) has already been raised for rebuilding and restoration and the UK has said it stands ready to help.
Firefighters battled for 14 hours to extinguish the flames, as onlookers feared the entire structure would be wrecked.
But Parisians breathed a sigh of relief when it became clear the twin medieval bell towers had been spared and later when fire investigators revealed that “most precious” treasures had been saved.
They included the Crown of Thorns, a relic venerated by Christians and believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ, as well as the cathedral’s 18th-century organ and a number of artworks.
European Council president Donald Tusk called on the European Union’s member countries to help, saying the site in central Paris is a symbol of what binds Europe together.
The fire, which began on Monday evening, is thought to have been caused by an accident rather than arson, the Paris public prosecutor said.
Architects warned repairs could take decades but in a televised address to the nation Mr Macron said: “We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully, and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it.”
“It is up to us to change this disaster into an opportunity to come together, having deeply reflected on what we have been and what we have to be and become better than we are. It is up to us to find the thread of our national project.”'
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