France's President Emmanuel Macron wants Notre Dame rebuilt within five years

French President Emmanuel Macron wants the Notre Dame cathedral rebuilt within five years.

On Tuesday (NZ Time), a massive blaze ripped through the iconic landmark, destroying major sections of the roof and a spire while sending Parisians into shock.

The flames have now been put out and Macron is committed to the structure being renovated within five years.

"We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it," Macron said.

More than NZ$1.1 billion has been raised through various crowd funding sites and donations by wealthy industry leaders like L'Oreal owners, the Bettencourt Meyers family

A spokesperson for the crowdfunding platform Go Fund Me said more than 50 campaigns related to the cathedral fire have been launched.

In a speech on Wednesday, Macron also thanked emergency services for their effort to contain the blaze and stop the fire from destroying the entire structure.

Investigators are now looking into what caused the flame, but it is believed to have been an accident.

The Notre Dame is one of Paris' most famous attractions, drawing roughly 13 million visitors a year, and is the seat of the archbishop of Paris.

Its construction began in 1163 and wasn't completed until 1345.

However, it quickly became a jewel of gothic architecture, and hosted the coronation of Henry VI of England in 1431 as well as Napoleon in 1804.

The 1800s were a time of significant change for the cathedral, with architects brought in to do up the spire and renovate other sections which hadn't been looked after.

The renovations underway when the fire broke out included repairing broken gargoyles.


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