French government moves forward on Notre Dame restoration plans

Crux | 7/8/2019 | Staff
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NEW YORK - Nearly three months after a fire devastated Paris’s famed Notre Dame Cathedral, France’s National Assembly moved closer to enacting legislation to approve the restoration process and timeline for one of the world’s most beloved landmarks.

By a vote of 32 in favor, 7 against, and 8 abstentions, the country’s primary legislative body voted on Wednesday to adopt a resolution that establishes a national plan for accepting donations toward the rebuilding efforts and adheres to French President Emmanuel Macron’s intent to have the work done before Paris plays host to the Olympics in 2024.

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This marked the second time the bill came before the National Assembly for consideration after a contentious hearing in May, which did not get the necessary votes to pass, and a vote by the French senate in June.

Notre Dame was nationalized in 1789 during the French Revolution, and remains the property of the French state. By law, the Catholic Church has exclusive use of the building, but the government covers the cost of building maintenance and repairs.

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The April fire led to the collapse of the main roof of the 13th century monument and its famed spire, which was a 19th century addition.

France’s Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, re-opened the debate by recalling the goal of the proposed legislation, which is to “offer to Notre Dame a restoration at the height of the place it occupies in the hearts of the French and in the whole world.”

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The bill establishes a national program that will collect tax-deductible gifts toward the restoration - and raises the ceiling to what could be deducted from one’s taxes to 75 percent, rather than the standard 66 percent.

Further, the bill is retroactive, dating back to the actual date of the fire, meaning gifts given before the legislation is fully passed are still available...
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