Norfolk churches show support for French after Notre Dame fire

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Benjamin Mouton, Notre-Dame's affiliated architect between 2000-2013, said it was pointless to be dogmatic about using the same materials for the restoration of a building that has already been "heavily altered, modified and reinforced". "The end of the fire doesn't mean the edifice is totally saved".

Worldwide architects will be invited to help recreate the Notre Dame Cathedral's spire, which was destroyed in Monday's fire.

France's digital minister said that the government would consider backing bitcoin donations to the restoration of the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

"We expect to see Notre Dame fundraising appeals on social media and crowdfunding sites".

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France's President Emmanuel Macron said in his remarks on Tuesday following the fire that he wants the cathedral rebuilt in five years time, though given the extent of the damage and the amount of work involved, it will likely take much longer to rebuild.

"While Ubisoft is not now involved in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, we would be more than happy to lend our expertise in any way that we can to help with these efforts", spokesman Matthew Buttice told CityNews.

Almost $1 billion has been pledged for the cathedral's restoration, coming from ordinary worshippers and wealthy magnates, including those who own L'Oreal, Chanel and Dior.

A spokesman for the Paris prosecutor's office later clarified that it was church staff, not firefighters, who looked into the initial alarm. Said Miousse. "Notre-Dame is nearly like reality".

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The police, who suspect the operation to replace the steeple's lead covering may have triggered the disaster, have already spoken to around 30 people from five different construction companies.

Bustling streets are now "totally closed. Incredible, indescribable, I just can't explain it", said Nadia Pascassio-Comte, in Strasbourg.

Later Wednesday evening, bells will toll at cathedrals around France in honor of Notre Dame.

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