Latest Notre Dame Cathedral News

Lead scrubbed from Paris streets as Notre Dame work resumes

Aug. 19, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Specialists shoring up fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral returned Monday to the Paris site for the first time in nearly a month, this time wearing disposable underwear and other protective gear after a delay prompted by fears of lead contamination. Meanwhile, cleanup teams swept, sprayed and...

Emotional Paris ceremony near Notre Dame for Assumption Day

Aug. 15, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Catholic pilgrims have held an emotional procession past fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral, singing and parading with a statue of the Virgin Mary rescued from the flames. Hundreds gathered on a bridge near the cordoned-off cathedral for Thursday's Assumption Day procession. They wound along...

Paris streets near Notre Dame to be decontaminated from lead

Aug. 13, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities shut down streets surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral to decontaminate them Tuesday, after high levels of lead were registered in the area following the April blaze that damaged the landmark. The painstaking cleanup work inside Notre Dame itself was suspended last month for...

Notre Dame cleanup to resume Aug. 19 amid tighter safety

Aug. 9, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris regional authorities say decontamination and cleanup work at Notre Dame cathedral will resume on Aug. 19 after new equipment and stricter safety procedures ensure workers are not exposed to unsafe levels of lead. The administration suspended the job of removing hazardous substances from...

Paris child at risk of lead poisoning after Notre Dame fire

Aug. 7, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Health officials in Paris said Wednesday that a young boy needs medical monitoring because tests conducted after the Notre Dame Cathedral fire showed that he was at risk of lead poisoning. The child, who was tested last week, doesn't need treatment yet, the Regional Health Authority said in a...

France: Groups want Notre Dame enclosed during lead cleanup

Aug. 5, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Environmental groups and one of France's largest labor unions called Monday for a containment shield and other safety measures to ensure decontamination work at Notre Dame Cathedral does not expose workers and residents to unsafe levels of lead. The Paris regional administration suspended the...

Notre Dame: Lead fears prompt new cleanup rules, equipment

Aug. 2, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Cleanup work at fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral will resume later this month but under stricter lead-protection rules, amid growing public concern about toxic pollution. Under pressure from labor inspectors concerned about lead risks, the Paris region administration suspended cleanup work at...

French group sues over toxic lead from Notre Dame fire

Jul. 29, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French group has filed a lawsuit over potential public health threats from lead that was released into the environment during Notre Dame Cathedral's devastating fire. Hundreds of tons of toxic lead in Notre Dame's spire and roof melted during the April fire. Exceptionally high levels of lead...

At Tour de France, a beacon for fire-damaged Notre Dame

Jul. 9, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

REIMS, France (AP) — On quiet days at the Tour de France, when even the commentators on French TV talk about the boredom of flat, long, meandering stages where not much happens until the sprint finish, there's always another star that comes to the fore: France and its magnificent monuments. The Gothic...

Paris prosecutor: no sign Notre Dame fire of criminal origin

Jun. 26, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A preliminary investigation found no evidence to suggest that a fire that gutted large parts of Notre Dame Cathedral was criminal, the prosecutor's office said Wednesday. The prosecutor's office said in a statement that several hypotheses about the cause of the April 15 blaze include a...