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Notre-Dame cathedral site, schools shut over lead fears

Paris - Work to shore up the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris was halted Thursday to stop workers being exposed to hazardous levels of lead hours after two nearby schools were also closed because of contamination fears.

Paris closes two schools over Notre-Dame lead fears

Paris - Paris authorities closed two schools Thursday amid fears over high levels of lead detected after the devastating fire that ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in April.

'No risk' of lead poisoning from Notre-Dame, assures Paris

Paris - Local authorities in Paris stressed Thursday that lead contamination from the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral posed no danger to the public after claims in a media report that pollution in local schools had been covered up.

Cigarette, electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre-Dame fire

Paris - A poorly stubbed-out cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the devastating fire that ripped through Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral in April, French prosecutors said Wednesday, while ruling out any criminal intent.

Paris authorities to remove Notre-Dame scaffolding after fire

Paris - Paris authorities will begin the delicate task of removing scaffolding from the collapsed spire of Notre-Dame cathedral in coming weeks after a devastating fire in April, a charity said Monday.

Young, pregnant urged to take blood tests for lead after Notre-Dame fire

Paris - The Paris health authorities have urged children and pregnant women living around Notre-Dame cathedral to have the levels of lead in their blood checked amid concerns over the impact of the fire.

Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre-Dame restoration

Belgrade - Serbia on Monday said it will donate one million euros to help restore Notre-Dame Cathedral, after pro-government tabloids said the fire was "God's punishment" to France.The donation, equivalent to $1.

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Paris - French Catholics on Sunday celebrated Easter mass in Paris in the shadow of the badly burned Notre-Dame Cathedral, praying that the landmark monument -- and along with it the entire Catholic Church -- can be renewed.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters banned from Notre-Dame: police

Paris - For their 23rd consecutive Saturday protest, France's yellow vests have been told they will be banned from the area around Paris's fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral.

Bee-wildering! Hives of Notre-Dame in miraculous survival

Paris - Some 200,000 bees inhabiting hives in Notre-Dame cathedral survived the inferno that engulfed the heritage landmark in a miraculous escape, their beekeeper said Thursday."The bees are alive.

France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre-Dame

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as "exemplary" hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre-Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to shore up the still fragile cathedral.

Disney to donate $5 million to help restore Notre-Dame Cathedral

Paris - On April 17, Disney announced that it would be donating $5 million to help rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris after the iconic landmark went up in flames.

Disney offers $5 mn for the Notre-Dame it once immortalized on film

New York - Disney, which scored millions with the 1996 animated blockbuster "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," said Wednesday it would give $5 million to restore the fire-damaged Paris cathedral.

Landmarks and monuments rebuilt from ruins

Paris - From bombed cathedrals to historic opera houses that went up in flames, here are examples of landmark buildings that were destroyed and then rebuilt, as is planned for Paris's fire-gutted Notre Dame Cathedral.

France launches global contest to design new Notre-Dame spire

Paris - France will invite architects from around the world to submit designs for rebuilding the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral that was destroyed in a devastating blaze, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Wednesday.

'Like a bombing': Daylight reveals extent of Notre-Dame damage

Paris - Shards of stained glass from priceless medieval windows. A gaping hole above the choir area where the spire crashed down. Charred debris from the collapsed roof scattered on the ground.

Donors pledge 700 mn euros to rebuild Notre-Dame

Paris - Pledges from French billionaires, businesses and the public sector to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral reached some 700 million euros (790 million dollars) on Tuesday amid an outpouring of public support for one of Europe's most iconic monuments.

YouTube accidentally links Notre-Dame fire to 9/11 attacks

Fpo - A YouTube fact-check feature which is meant to tackle misinformation accidentally tagged live broadcasts of a fire engulfing Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris with details about the 9/11 terror attacks.

Notre-Dame fire in Paris: what we know so far

Paris - A fire that spread from the attic of Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday has caused its spire to crash to the ground, and devastated Paris's historical monument.

'We will rebuild Notre-Dame together', says France's Macron

Paris - "We will rebuild Notre-Dame together", an emotional French President Emmanuel Macron vowed on Monday evening as he visited the famed Paris cathedral which was partly ravaged by fire.

Notre-Dame, loved through the ages yet neglected: historian

Paris - Notre-Dame Cathedral, ravaged by a huge fire which toppled its spire Monday before the gaze of shocked and helpless Paris residents and tourists, has been much beloved yet also neglected down the centuries, says a French historian.

International sorrow as fire ravages Notre-Dame in Paris

Paris - International leaders voiced their sorrow and solidarity with the French people as fire ravaged the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday.Here are some of the reactions delivered through statements and tweets.

Some Notre-Dame treasures saved by French firefighters

Paris - Around 400 French firefighters faced a rapidly spreading fire at Notre-Dame as they arrived on the scene Monday evening, but appeared to have prevented the complete destruction of the cathedral and managed to rescue some of its priceless artifacts by r...

Notre-Dame fire under control, Macron vows to rebuild

Paris - A raging fire that tore through Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris was under control early Tuesday after the blaze brought its towering spire and roof crashing to the ground, wiping out centuries of priceless heritage central to French culture and h...

Huge fire engulfs Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

Paris - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday evening, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky.

Notre Dame attacker a self-radicalised novice: prosecutor

Paris - An Algerian man who attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral was a loner with a deep interest in Islamic State jihadist propaganda, the Paris prosecutor said Saturday.

Notre Dame attacker 'pledged allegiance to IS in video'

Paris - A man who attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a video found at his apartment, an investigation source said Wednesday.

Silent fear in Paris's Notre Dame after attacker shot

Paris - Hundreds of people raised their arms above their heads and faced the altar on Tuesday in Paris's landmark Notre Dame cathedral -- but it was no act of religious celebration.

French police question Notre Dame attacker

Paris - French police on Wednesday began questioning the Algerian who attacked a policeman outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris with a hammer before being shot and wounded by another officer.

Police shoot, injure attacker outside Paris's Notre-Dame cathedral

Paris - A French police officer shot and injured a man who attacked him with a hammer outside Paris's Notre-Dame cathedral on Tuesday, authorities said.Police sealed off the area in front of the cathedral, where the attacker lay injured on the ground.
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