Steps for rebuilding Notre-Dame announced

Notre-Dame cathedral – Mobilization for the rebuilding of Notre-Dame cathedral – Press release issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 17 April 2019

Following the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday 15 April, the French President has taken several decisions.

He has asked the government to take all appropriate measures to carry out, as soon as possible, a national fundraising drive and work to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral. These were discussed at the Council of Ministers’ meeting and announced by the Prime Minister today.

He has appointed his own special representative responsible for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral, General Jean-Louis Georgelin, who will begin work tomorrow. The latter will be relying on the support of all the ministers mobilized, particularly the Minister of Culture.

The decision has been taken to launch an international architecture competition for rebuilding the spire. Since it is not part of the original cathedral, the President would like discussions to be held and a contemporary architectural creation to be considered.

The President has today mobilized all stakeholders to launch reconstruction work on the cathedral. The aim must be to stick to the five-year period and create a powerful and galvanizing project. He expressed the desire for the project to involve all French people, and more especially for all businesses, artists and artistic professions from every region of France to work on it and, in so doing, train a large number of young people. To this end, the Chantiers de France [public works projects] will be launched, enabling thousands of young people to be trained in those professions./.

Notre-Dame cathedral – Launch of the national and international fundraising drive to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral – Joint press release issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (excerpt)

Paris, 16 April 2019

Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, Gérald Darmanin, Minister for Government Action and Public Accounts, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy and Finance, are launching the national and international fundraising drive to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral.

The French President has announced the launch of a national and international fundraising drive to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral, following the terrible fire that devastated the building on Monday 15 April 2019.

To facilitate fundraising for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral, the government has created a joint portal,, bringing together four public service institutions and foundations that are authorized to collect donations:

The National Monuments Centre:

The Notre Dame/Future Heritage Foundation in Paris:

The Heritage Foundation: my-donation

The Fondation de France: my-donation

These platforms fulfil the following commitments:

Full disbursement of the amounts collected;

Secure payments;

Guaranteed transparency of fundraising methods.

Their role is to collect the French and international donations that are currently being made, as widely as possible.

A dedicated unit is also being set up at the Ministry of Culture to facilitate the collection and processing of the largest donations. (…)./.

Published on 23/04/2019

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