12 Apr 2021
On the evening of April 15 2019, France and the world watched transfixed in horror as flames ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, fearful that the heritage landmark could be lost to humanity forever. While the spire collapsed and much of the roof was destroyed, the efforts of firefighters ensured the great mediaeval edifice survived the night. Yet the road to restoration has been long and arduous and it is only expected to return to its former glory in April 2024, five years after the fire.
16 Apr 2020
On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as France's most cherished cathedral went up in flames. Writer and journalist Agnès Poirier witnessed the scene from her window on Paris's Left Bank, transfixed as 850 years of architectural, cultural and social history hung in the balance. Poirier has revisited that moment in her book "Notre-Dame: The Soul of France", as well as shedding light on some pivotal moments in the building’s history.
26 Jan 2020
Notre-Dame-des-Landes: French environmental activists still dreaming of freedom
26 Dec 2019
Eight months after the fire, a giant crane is watching over Notre-Dame waiting to dismantle the scaffolding that threatens it. The operation, which starts at the beginning of February, aims to dismantle the 10,000 metal tubes that the fire of 15 April welded together.
22 Apr 2019
Global leaders have expressed their solidarity with France in light of the tragedy. As the flames subsided, President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the 800 year-old cathedral.
22 Apr 2019
"Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief" tweets former US president Barak Obama.
21 Apr 2019
Firefighters in 1920s and 1930s Paris conduct drills at Notre-Dame.
19 Apr 2019
Competition to replace Notre-Dame spire gets satirical response.
19 Apr 2019
Notre Dame donations spark debate on charity.
18 Apr 2019
Notre-Dame fire: 'To see the skyline change so drastically in minutes really was something'.
17 Apr 2019
The Paris prosecutor has said there's no evidence to suggest arson was behind the blaze at Notre Dame. Authorities have assembled a team to probe the cause and interview workers involved in the site's renovations.