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To restore Notre-Dame de Paris, old stone quarries will be allowed to reopen

The government has announced that the stone quarries will be allowed to reopen, as they have been exempted from the current confinement measures put in place. The aim is to “considerably facilitate the restoration work on Notre-Dame.”

The stone quarries, necessary for the restoration of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, will be allowed to reopen, bypassing current exemptions put in place, announced government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Wednesday at the end of the Council of Ministers.

The government has presented a ruling that will make it possible to “dispense with a certain number of procedures and obligations to reopen or extend new stone quarries,” which “will considerably facilitate the restoration work on Notre-Dame”, which has “a great need for ashlar,” he said.

Dismantling of the scaffolding continues

“This commitment is further proof of our determination to do everything necessary to facilitate the restoration work and achieve the goal set by the President of the Republic to complete the reconstruction of this cathedral so dear to the hearts of the French people within five years,” he concluded.

Currently, workers are dismantling the gigantic metal scaffolding and its 35,000 metal tubes. This is delicate painstaking work that should be finished by Christmas and will allow the reconstruction to begin.

After the fire on the evening of 15 April 2019, the head of state announced that he wanted reconstruction to take place over a period of five years so that Notre Dame will be able to reopen in 2024.


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