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Notre Dame to Reopen in Less Than 5 Years - French Culture Minister

© REUTERS / Gonzalo FuentesFirefighters work at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 16, 2019
Firefighters work at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 16, 2019 - Sputnik International
PARIS (Sputnik) - The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris will reopen in less than five years after a blaze ripped through the medieval building and destroyed its spire, French Culture Minister Franck Riester said on Thursday.

"No, I don't think so," Riester told the BFMTV broadcaster, when asked whether the cathedral would remain closed within five years.

Riester did not say exactly when Notre Dame could reopen for visitors.

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday pledged to rebuild the iconic 850-year-old cathedral within five years.

A massive fire broke out at Notre Dame late on Monday evening, causing the collapse of the cathedral's spire and two-thirds of its roof. The blaze was fully extinguished only on Tuesday morning.

Macron has described the incident as a "terrible tragedy."

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