The French general appointed to oversee the reconstruction of Notre Dame said the iconic building is still at risk of collapse more than six months into the efforts to restore it. Gen Jean-Louis Georgelin said the cathedral is “not saved yet” and has to undergo a delicate operation to remove fused scaffolding around the spire, destroyed by a devastating fire last April.
The cathedral’s rector, Monseigneur Patrick Chauvet, said a fortnight ago the cathedral was so fragile there was a “50% chance” the structure may not be saved if the scaffolding fell on stone vaults weakened by the inferno.
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