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Notre-Dame de Paris Deserves More Than a Mass

Published on , by Vincent Noce

The new assessment of the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris by the Cour des Comptes has received little attention, even though it addresses the essential question of the future of this symbolic building of the French nation.

  Notre-Dame de Paris Deserves More Than a Mass
While giving full discharge to the management of the construction site, the text denounces "the absence of an overall vision", beyond the spectacle of the reopening at the end of 2024. The €850 million in donations far exceeds the needs. The Cour suggests using the surplus, with the agreement of the biggest donors, for the restoration of the aged and damaged parts of a monument that showed, like so many churches, "the marks of a crying lack of maintenance due to the lack of restoration funds", in the words of General Georgelin. Damage caused by lead abatement operations…
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