Notre-Dame cathedral will be rebuilt ‘within five years’, more beautiful than before: French President

Paris: After theharrowingfireat Notre Dame, the French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral “within five years”. The fire that toppled the steeple of the 850-year-old landmark had caused major damage to the roof.

While speaking in a televised address to the nation,Macron said “We will rebuild the cathedral even more beautifully and I want it to be finished within five years,”

A day after the blaze, he said: “And we can do it.” But he also warned: “Let us not fall into the trap of haste.”

Macron said that the dramatic fire had brought out the best in a country that has been riven with divisions.

“What we saw last night in Paris was our capacity to mobilise and to unite,” the 41-year-old leader said in the solemn address from his office in the presidential palace.

France had over the course of its history seen many towns, ports and churches go up in flames, he said.

“Each time we rebuilt them,” he said, adding that the cathedral inferno had shown that “our history never stops and that we will always have trials to overcome.”