Macron Thanks Workers For Their Devotion to The Notre Dame Cathedral

Published April 15th, 2021 - 03:09 GMT

April 15 will mark the second anniversary of the 2019 Notre Dame Cathedral blaze.

French President Emmanuel Macron inspected the ongoing renovation work at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, two years after a devastating blaze gutted the 850-year old monument.

From the rooftop, the French leader said he was "impressed" by "all the work that has been accomplished". His visit was to express "a message of collective pride" for the work carried out.

The fire, which broke out on the evening of April 15, 2019, stunned the country and people across the world. Millions watched live as the building's spire collapsed.

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People stand on the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

People stand on the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral during a visit of French President marking two years since the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP

Rope access technicians work on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

Rope access technicians work on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP

Rope access technicians plaster stonework on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

Rope access technicians plaster stonework on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. POOL / AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) listens to the architecte in charge of the restoration Philippe Villeneuve (2nd R) next to Jean-Louis Georgelin (C), a former general leading the restoration efforts, Paris' Archbishop Michel Aupetit (L), and Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo, during a visit of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) listens to the architecte in charge of the restoration Philippe Villeneuve (2nd R) next to Jean-Louis Georgelin (C), a former general leading the restoration efforts, Paris' Archbishop Michel Aupetit (L), and Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo, during a visit of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral marking two years since the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. Ian LANGSDON / POOL / AFP

A workers looks at the vaults of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

A workers looks at the vaults of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. Ian LANGSDON / POOL / AFP

A woman takes pictures of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral

A woman takes pictures of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, on April 14, 2021, during the reconstruction work while April 15, 2021 will mark the two years anniversary of the fire that devastated the Cathedral, in the centre of the French capital Paris. Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP

A bird statue is seen at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

A bird statue is seen at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP

People stand on the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Rope access technicians work on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Rope access technicians plaster stonework on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) listens to the architecte in charge of the restoration Philippe Villeneuve (2nd R) next to Jean-Louis Georgelin (C), a former general leading the restoration efforts, Paris' Archbishop Michel Aupetit (L), and Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo, during a visit of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
A workers looks at the vaults of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
A woman takes pictures of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral
A bird statue is seen at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
People stand on the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
People stand on the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral during a visit of French President marking two years since the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP
Rope access technicians work on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Rope access technicians work on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP
Rope access technicians plaster stonework on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Rope access technicians plaster stonework on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. POOL / AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) listens to the architecte in charge of the restoration Philippe Villeneuve (2nd R) next to Jean-Louis Georgelin (C), a former general leading the restoration efforts, Paris' Archbishop Michel Aupetit (L), and Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo, during a visit of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) listens to the architecte in charge of the restoration Philippe Villeneuve (2nd R) next to Jean-Louis Georgelin (C), a former general leading the restoration efforts, Paris' Archbishop Michel Aupetit (L), and Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo, during a visit of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral marking two years since the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. Ian LANGSDON / POOL / AFP
A workers looks at the vaults of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
A workers looks at the vaults of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. Ian LANGSDON / POOL / AFP
A woman takes pictures of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral
A woman takes pictures of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, on April 14, 2021, during the reconstruction work while April 15, 2021 will mark the two years anniversary of the fire that devastated the Cathedral, in the centre of the French capital Paris. Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP
A bird statue is seen at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
A bird statue is seen at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP

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