In hours, €700m pledged for Notre-Dame

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The charity has been raising funds for the renovation of the cathedral that was ongoing at the time of Monday's fire.

Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said the investigation would be "long and complex".

It took 15 hours for 400 French firefighters to put out the fire at the 850-year-old Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday vowed to rebuild Notre Dame cathedral "even more beautifully" within five years, as France reeled with shock from the fire that gutted the great Paris landmark.

In a live, televised, presidential address to the nation, he vowed the cathedral would be even more handsome than it was before.

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"All the 18th-century steles, the pietas, frescoes, chapels and the big organ are fine", he said.

A clear view to the sky can be seen through the space that once held St. Boniface Cathedral's large stained-glass window.

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Pledges worth around 700 million euros ($790 million) have already been made Tuesday from French billionaires and businesses to restore the Gothic masterpiece.

In a stroke of good timing, sculptures of the Twelve Apostles and four New Testament evangelists that adorned the cathedral had been lifted off the building last week, before the fire, for restoration work in the southwestern city of Perigueux.

Likewise, the centuries-old timber within the building's internal structure, much of which was crafted into an intricate support structure by medieval artisans, may be irreplaceable.

"Those trees had been saplings in the 10th century, they were mature trees by the 12th century when they were felled".

A communique said the Arnault family was "in solidarity with this national tragedy, and join in the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, a symbol of France, of its heritage and togetherness". "But perhaps it can't be recreated as it was".

Three women were arrested over the alleged terror plot, although they were thought to have been targeting a Paris railway station rather than the cathedral itself.

Consultant Patrick Palem (R) checks statues that were removed from the spire of Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral in a workshop at the Socra company for restoration work in Marsac-sur-L'Isle, France, April 16, 2019. "The spire ... is what we saw from a distance in Paris", she told the ABC. We rebuilt Warsaw from the ruins ourselves.

"We are acting as building pathologists to understand the mechanisms of decay in all our restoration projects and then develop treatments to manage these, or halt them altogether", he said. "It was hard to imagine this could ever happen".

"I believe very deeply that it is up to us to transform this catastrophe into a moment to become - while reflecting deeply on what we have been, and what we should be - better than what we are", the president said.

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