French billionaire gives $109 million to rebuild Notre Dame

PARIS, France — French billionaire Francois Pinault and son Francois-Henri Pinault have officially signed documents setting aside $109 million toward rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral, following months of delay that left officials largely reliant on small charity donations to fund the first phase of repairs. Surrounded by portraits of former cardinals, the Pinaults signed the donation […]

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Stones fell from Notre Dame’s ceiling after July heat wave

PARIS, France — Several stones fell from the vaulted ceiling of fire-ravaged Notre Dame after last month’s European heat wave, a French official said Wednesday, urging renewed stabilization efforts to prevent further damage to the iconic Paris cathedral. The Culture Ministry official said the stones crumbled after temperatures reached a record 108.7 Fahrenheit in Paris in […]

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Notre Dame cleanup to resume Aug. 19 amid tighter safety

PARIS, France — Paris regional authorities say decontamination and cleanup work at Notre Dame cathedral will resume on Aug. 19 after new equipment and stricter safety procedures ensure workers are not exposed to unsafe levels of lead. The administration suspended the job of removing hazardous substances from the fire-ravaged cathedral last month under pressure from […]

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