French president vows to rebuild Notre Dame ‘more beautiful than ever’

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PARIS (NBC News) – The French president is vowing to reconstruct Notre Dame within the next five years following the devastating fire that gutted the 850-year-old cathedral.

“We will rebuild her more beautiful than ever,” President Emanuel Macron promised.

Donations are already pouring in for renovations, including $100,000 from the University of Notre Dame and $226 million from French businessmanBernard Arnault.

Although the fire is out, firefighters are still on standby with fear among officials that the unstable structure could partially collapse.

Officials say they are worried about weaknesses, in particular, in the north corner of the transept. That’s where workers on Tuesday used a crane to saw off one of the massive statues, so it doesn’t come crashing to the ground.

There have also been evacuations in the area, including five residential buildings around one wing of Notre Dame.

Efforts now are focused on stabilizing the cathedral.

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