Amid concerns over how the cathedral should be restored, the French Senate passed a bill requiring Notre Dame rebuilt to its “last known visual state.”
Last month, the Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames burning the wooden roof and famous spire to ash. Fortunately, the “main structure” was saved and preserved.
In the aftermath, over a billion Euros were pledged to the restoration efforts. Today, a staggering majority of these “donations have not yet been made.” The funds are expected to be collected soon once a legal framework is set up, with controversy over how the Notre Dame will be restored with the money.
Controversy was quelled when the French Senate passed the Notre-Dame Restoration bill Monday adding a clause that it must be restored to its “last known visual state.” They also removed clauses that would allow the government to override certain regulations to expedite the restoration process.
Before its passing, French President Emmanuel Macron had begun a worldwide architectural competition, calling for “an inventive reconstruction” of the cathedral to be completed in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024. Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo had called for an identical reconstruction, calling her take “conservative.”
The French Senate and National Assembly will now meet to find a common version of the bill they can both pass before it can become law.