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In the end, 840 million euros in donations were collected for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame


The establishment in charge of the work will present by the end of the year the cost of delays caused by bad weather, unscheduled work and interruptions due to the Covid.


The momentum of generosity

" to finance the work of Notre-Dame "

does not dry up

", with a little more than 840 million euros in donations collected, announced Wednesday General Jean-Louis Georgelin, president of the Establishment public responsible for reconstruction.

This sum, brought together thanks to French and foreign donors, "

makes it possible to envisage the future with confidence

", he welcomed in front of the senators of the Committee of Cultural Affairs who questioned him on the evolution of the site and the “


” of funding.

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Out of precisely 842.8 million euros, “

the Notre-Dame foundation collected nearly 360, the heritage foundation 232 million including 100 million from Total, the Fondation de France 31 million, the Center des monuments nationaux 7.8 million, the Ministry of Culture nearly 9 million and the public establishment, which receives several direct donations including the Bettencourt Foundation, 203 million

”, detailed Jean-Louis Georgelin. He did not wish to specify how this money would be distributed in the financing of the restoration work to which will now tackle several trades and companions, among the most renowned in France. This precision "

will be given when things are well established with the project management (...) Most of the calls for tenders for the restoration are launched and the first winners selected

”, he added.

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The work schedule should be held for a reopening in 2024, reaffirmed Jean-Louis Georgelin. On the other hand, those concerning the surroundings of Notre-Dame, its "


", are "

the responsibility of the town hall of Paris

" and "

will probably not begin until 2025

", which implies rethinking "

temporary access to the cathedral for tourists, especially during the Olympic Games

”, which Paris will welcome in three years. Regarding the expenses for the phase of securing the building, which ended this summer, they were estimated at 165 million euros, "

will be held and probably slightly lower

", assured the general.

Bad weather, unscheduled work, (limited) interruptions due to the Covid crisis and above all many measures and arrangements related to the fight against lead fumes have caused some delays and additional costs. A final quantified assessment will be announced by the end of the year.

Source: lefigaro

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