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Two French Billionaires Offer Hundreds Of Millions To Help Rebuild Notre Dame

Two French billionaires pledged Tuesday to donate a total of 300 million euros to fund the restoration of Notre Dame cathedral after Monday’s massive fire. François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the luxury retail group Kering and president of Groupe Artémis, announced Monday night while fires still burned in Notre Dame that his family would donate 100 million euros to ...

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Notre Dame Is Still Standing, But Not For Much Longer Unless It’s ‘Stabilized,’ Expert Says

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, is still standing after suffering extensive damage from a fire that consumed its roof Monday, but the building’s main structure is still in danger, according to one expert. “It’s wonderful that what has survived, survived,” professional architect and professor James McCrery told The Daily Caller News Foundation. But, “it’s vital that the building ...

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Vatican Offers Technical Expertise to Rebuild Notre Dame

The Vatican culture minister said Tuesday one of the most valuable things the Vatican can offer toward rebuilding Notre Dame cathedral will be technical expertise. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi told reporters that the Vatican would be able to offer some design and engineering expertise based on collections in the Vatican Museums in order to help rebuild Notre Dame’s roof. The cathedral’s ...

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Here’s Why Firefighters Couldn’t Save Notre Dame Cathedral

A Gothic engineering technique used to waterproof the top of Notre Dame cathedral made the structure impervious to firefighter’s efforts to douse the flames. The fire destroyed the cathedral’s roof, spire, and stained glass windows, and may have also destroyed a priceless Christian relic – Christ’s crown of thorns. The collapse of the cathedral’s vault also endangers the structural integrity ...

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Macron Plans More Aggressive Climate Law After Months Of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

French President Emmanuel Macron is planning a sweeping energy and climate legislative package months after “yellow vest” protests ignited across the country over a proposed gas tax hike. The French government is putting the final touches on the legislation before releasing it, replacing vague goals with more concrete proposals. Around the country, demonstrations against high living costs and heavy taxes ...

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Anti-Semitic Vandalism Surges Across Eastern France

Vandals defaced a former synagogue in eastern France with swastikas in the latest of a series of anti-Semitic desecrations recently plaguing the region. Staff at the synagogue-turned-sports facility in the town of Mommenheim discovered the swastikas on the building’s door and facade, which still bears Hebrew lettering, Monday, according to The Associated Press. The anti-Semitic incident came hot on the ...

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11th Week of Yellow Vest Protests; Violent Crackdown Attempt Continues

Overtaxed, costs of living rising, wages falling, The Yellow Vest Movement took to the streets again in Act 11, against the deeply unpopular President Emmanuel Macron. The protests have been mostly peaceful with small pockets of violence in response to Macron’s forces firing on the overtaxed protesters. Things are likely to get worse as wages fall and living costs rise. ...

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Macron’s Tough Stance On Yellow Vests Backfires Badly As Riots Engulf France

French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to get tough on citizens protesting his government appears to have backfired as members of the yellow vest movement take to Paris’ streets. Nearly 50,000 protesters trampled Sunday through towns and cities dotting France, including Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Rennes and Marseille. Street marches began peacefully enough in Paris but soon degenerated into a maelstrom of ...

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Thousands Of French Police Prepare As Yellow Vest Activists Storm Paris

More than 100,000 French police are preparing for New Year’s Eve in Paris as the government tries to prevent the yellow vest movement from hijacking what is considered a major tourist event. Demonstrations are being organized on Facebook where nearly 9,000 people have indicated they plan to attend and cause a ruckus. The movement was created in November through a ...

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Yellow Vests Break Toll Booths Across France

Roads and highways across France experienced more chaos from the “yellow vest” protests Tuesday after protesters began occupying and destroying dozens of toll booths, Reuters reports. Roughly 40 toll sites run by Vinci Autoroutes, the largest toll road operator in France, were affected by protests. Several highways and toll booths suffered heavy damage. “Motorists should take utmost care as they ...

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French Police Call In The Armored Vehicles Ahead Of More Protests

Police in Paris are bracing for a fifth straight weekend of violent protests and are preparing to deploy armored vehicles and thousands of officers to maintain control, the Associated Press reports. Armored vehicles patrolled the streets of Paris for the first time since World War II last weekend as thousands of protesters in the “yellow vest” movement, which started in ...

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French Government Uses Terror Attack To Push Protesters To Go Home

The French government is reportedly calling on the so-called Yellow Vest movement to end their protests and give law enforcement a break as they continue to search for the suspect who allegedly opened fire at a crowded Christmas market on Tuesday, killing two and injuring 13 others. For weeks France has been engulfed in turmoil as hundreds of thousands of ...

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