Second day into Notre-Dame fire: What's new?

A view of the debris inside Notre Dame in the aftermath of Monday's fire

"The worldwide competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc", said French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. However, he did not indicate whether the reconstruction work would be completed by then.

On Tuesday, cathedrals and churches in countries including the UK, Canada and the United States also rang their bells in support, while countries including Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina lit up famous landmarks with the French tricolor. No one was killed in the fire, after firefighters and church officials speedily evacuated those inside.

Durand also said that due to the upheaval of the time, the cathedral's 18th-century interior had a darker feel than recent visitors would have experienced.

Tonight President Macron addressed the people of France and vowed to restore the cathedral within five years.

The team is making these moves in an act of solitary with Ubisoft's fellow Parisians and "everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused".

The Notre-Dame Cathedral was featured as a fully explorable building in the 2014 Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed Unity, which is set in Paris during the French Revolution. Gabriel Plus said that even though they are "in good condition ... there is a risk for the gables that are no longer supported by the frame".

Donors Pledge Some $790Mln to Restore Iconic Notre Dame After Devastating Blaze
Parisian Beatrice Champetier arrived to lay flowers - it was the least she could do, she said, for a building that "is our life". Though "some weaknesses" in the 850-year-old structure had been identified, overall it is "holding up OK", he added.

Its spire collapsed and the roof was destroyed in the fire.

The rector of the cathedral, Bishop Patrick Chauvet, on Wednesday said it would remain closed for five to six years.

The Paris prosecutor's office said investigators have still not been able to look inside the cathedral, because it remains risky.

Ubisoft historian Maxime Durand said that while he doubts the French game-maker's digital plans will be needed, he hopes the game can still help the renovation in a small way, if only by reminding people of the structure's beauty.

Almost $1 billion has been pledged for the cathedral's restoration, coming from ordinary worshippers and wealthy magnates, including those who own L'Oreal, Chanel and Dior. Others have criticized the billionaires' donations because their pledges make them eligible for huge deductions in taxes.

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