French members of Parliament approved a law today concerning the reconstruction of the famous Notre Dame cathedral, three months after it was partly destroyed by a devastating fire. But the approval of the reconstruction bill in the National Assembly is just the start of a complicated, and contentious, process of restoring the cathedral.
“The hardest thing is now ahead of us. We need to strengthen the cathedral forever and then restore it,” French Culture Minister Franck Riester was quoted saying in Agence France Presse.
French president Emmanuel Macron has previously said the reconstruction should be completed within five years, but some say that time frame is unrealistically soon.
The approved bill will provide oversight for the $954 million (€850 million) in total donations pledged from individual, corporate, and private donors.