Macron calls for rebuilding Notre Dame in 5 years

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday he wanted Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral rebuilt within five years following a massive fire that destroyed the 850-year-old landmark’s spire and nearly its entire roof.

“We will rebuild the cathedral and make it even more beautiful,” Macron said in a televised address. “We can do it.”

Experts cautioned that it could take up to 15 years to complete the work.

The iconic Gothic cathedral’s rose windows and two main towers survived, and the stone structure was declared structurally sound. Still, within hours, donors had pledged more than $1 billion to reconstruct the destroyed portions.

French billionaires and major businesses announced millions of dollars in donations.

Police believe the fire was started by accident, possibly related to ongoing renovation work.

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