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France Doesn't Have Trees Tall Enough to Rebuild Notre Dame's Roof


On Monday, a fire started in the attic of 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral. The fire quickly spread across a large part of the roof, eventually causing the spire to collapse, and badly damaging about two-thirds of the roof. The flames devoured the roof's wooden frame, which is more than 100 metres in length and nicknamed "the forest." Thankfully, 400 firefighters prevented the fire from causing any more damage. 

In the days since, about €880 million ($994 million) has been raised for what is guaranteed to be a massive rebuilding project. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and French President Emmanuel Macron have said that the project must be finished before the city hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. 

But the project could run into trouble if they want to rebuild the cathedral with original techniques. Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of the preservation group Foundation du Patrimoine, told France Info on Tuesday that France simply doesn't have trees tall enough to rebuild the roof as soaring.