April 16, 2019 / 6:25 PM / in 3 months

France's Macron commits to renovating Notre-Dame within five years

A view of the stained-glass windows inside Notre-Dame de Paris in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the cathedral, during the visit of French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner (not pictured) in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS, France (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday committed to rebuilding Notre-Dame cathedral within five years after a fire gutted the cathedral.

“We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it,” Macron said in a television address to the nation.

“It is up to us to change this disaster into an opportunity to come together, having deeply reflected on what we have been and what we have to be and become better than we are. It is up to us to find the thread of our national project.”

Reporting by John Irish and Jean-Baptiste Vey; editing by Sarah White

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