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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New threat to fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral: Heat wave

PARIS — The chief architect of France’s historic monuments says he’s afraid that the heat wave sweeping Europe could cause the vaulted ceilings of fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral to collapse. Dozens of sensors dotted around the 12th-century monument have shown no indication that it’s deteriorating, but architect Philippe Villeneuve is worried. Villeneuve told reporters Wednesday […]

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Architect: Notre Dame far from safe for restoration work

PARIS — A French architect says that Notre Dame Cathedral still isn’t safe enough for restoration work to begin, more than three months after a devastating fire nearly destroyed the monument. French television showed the chief architect of France’s historic monuments, Philippe Villeneuve, taking Culture Minister Franck Riester on a tour Wednesday of the cathedral, […]

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