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Sheeting works are accelerating to protect the cathedral from the rain

Professional mountaineers install tarpaulins on the Notre-Dame cathedral on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. – Thibault Camus / AP / SIPA

The tarpaulins of Notre-Dame de Paris began on Tuesday, starting with
 Inside the cathedral, while the return of rain is expected Wednesday in Paris, we learned from the communications officer of the cathedral. "The tarpaulin work has begun," said AFP communication chief Notre-Dame, Andre Finot. "We will start with the choir, then the nave".

Degradation and subsidence that is likely to cause water runoff on the building and the works still in it are feared, while significant amounts of water have already been dumped into the building by firefighters to extinguish the giant fire of April 15th.

Huge umbrella

As is the case in this type of construction, a kind of huge "umbrella" must be installed to protect the building permanently from the weather, time for the workers to carry out the reconstruction work. This installation could take weeks.

President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal that the reconstruction of the cathedral be completed within five years. A delay tenable in the eyes of many experts, but too short, according to others, in particular because of delays expertises.

Concerning the investigation, it is the track of a fire of accidental origin (short-circuit in particular) is privileged. But the cause for the moment is not clear, and burnt debris will be combed for any clue. The thesis of a malicious action seems very unlikely even if it has been mentioned, especially in right-wing parties and extreme right, like Nicolas Dupont-Aignan's Debout la France.

Security breaches

Compensation for property destroyed during the rescue of the building begins to be mentioned. Bishop Patrick Chauvet, Rector of the Cathedral, announced his intention to "file a complaint for involuntary destruction", so that "the insurance works" for the property belonging to the Church inside the building, we learned from the diocese.

In its edition dated April 24, The chained Duck evokes a "series of human errors" that would have delayed the intervention of firefighters on the day of the fire. According to the satirical weekly, the fire soldiers would have intervened only thirty-five minutes after the first fire alarm, against the twenty minutes officially announced.

The chained Duck also denounces several security holes: workers smoking on the scaffolding, exposed electrical wires in the attic of the monument exposed to a risk of short circuit, the bells of the arrow would have remained electrified, a lack of dry columns. The fire plan of the building, set up by the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs, would not have been respected.

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