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French construction group Vinci urges builders to join in Notre-Dame repair drive


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PARIS, April 16 (Reuters) - Construction group Vinci called on all building companies in France to join forces to repair Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral in an "industry-wide skills sponsorship drive".

The Fondation du Patrimoine (French heritage foundation) could possibly lead the effort, so as to begin work and restore the cathedral as quickly as possible following Monday's devastating fire, said Vinci.

"The partial destruction of Notre-Dame is an unqualified tragedy. The 13th century wooden beams holding up the roof will never be replaced. But the part of Notre Dame that has survived the fire must be safeguarded," the company said in a statement.

It also recently renovated Paris' historic 'Penthemont' Abbey that has become the site of the new headquarters of fashion house Yves Saint Laurent.






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