Oct 15, 2019

By Jane Brown

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France’s culture minister says the melted, twisted scaffolding atop the Notre Dame Cathedral will be removed “in the coming weeks” to allow restoration work to begin.

Franck Riester says conservation work would take several more months, along with parallel work to evaluate the building’s soundness.

He denied that the French government had been slow to recognize the potential harmful effects of the lead that melted from the cathedral’s roof. And he says health experts were taking regular samples from areas around Notre Dame to check for lead.

A part of the nave is seen through a safety net during preliminary work in the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral three months after a major fire on July 17, 2019 in Paris. – French MPs on July 16 approved a law on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, three months after flames ravaged the great Paris cathedral, but with the rebuilding process still mired in controversy. The April 15 fire destroyed the roof and steeple of the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral. Images of the ancient cathedral going up in flames sparked shock and dismay across the globe as well as in France, where it is considered one of the nation’s most beloved landmarks. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s been six months since an April 15th fire gutted the medieval structure, which was under renovation at the time.

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