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Notre-Dame belongs to the French state, which had been paying little to no attention to a gothic jewel that traversed eight centuries.

Fragments of arcades, chimeras, reliefs, gargoyles were always falling to the ground and kept in an improvised deposit in the back of the cathedral.

Only last year Notre-Dame got a check for 2 million euros to restore the spire -- which burned to the ground yesterday.

To restore the whole cathedral would have cost 150 million euros, according to the top world expert on Notre-Dame, who happens to be an American, Andrew Tallon.

Recently, the custodians of the cathedral and the French state were actually at war.

The French state was making at least 4 million euros a year, charging tourists to enter the Twin (Bell) Towers but putting back only 2 million euros for the maintenance of Notre-Dame [...]

Notre-Dame basically survives on donations -- which pay the salaries of only 70 employees who need not only to supervise the masses of tourists but also to organize eight masses a day.

If the state is unblushingly negligible and unreliable...

Macron talking a lot?

by das monde on Thu Apr 18th, 2019 at 12:03:36 PM EST
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