France asks: should Notre-Dame’s spire be rebuilt as it was?

France will open the redesign of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral’s historic spire to international architects after Monday night’s catastrophic blaze that gutted the centuries-old roof and sent the towering spire crashing through the vaulted ceiling.

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The government’s announcement on Wednesday added to a question many are asking as France grieves for its national symbol – whether the familiar outline at the heart of the capital should be restored as it was or given a modern twist.

President Emmanuel Macron pledged in a prime-time address to the nation on Tuesday that Notre-Dame would be rebuilt within five years. Tycoons, international firms, local authorities and individuals have promised financial and expert help – with a total of nearly 900 million euros pledged by Wednesday.

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