In a statement Saturday, “Rebuild Notre Dame,” the public body responsible for its conservation and restoration, said the securing of the cathedral had been completed on schedule.
“That means that we’re officially saying that the cathedral is now saved, that it’s solid on its pillars, that its walls are solid,” General Jean-Louis Georgelin, president of the organization “Rebuild Notre Dame,” told CNN affiliate BFMTV Saturday
“We’ll be able to firmly go ahead with the phase of restoring and rebuilding the parts destroyed by the fire, so that it’s ready to reopen for services and public visits in 2024,” he added.
The 2024 reopening, which Georgelin said would be a “victory for all of France,” will fulfill President Emmanuel Macron’s promise to the public that reconstruction works would be completed within five years of the April 2019 blaze.
Reconstruction is scheduled to begin in the coming months, according to “Rebuild Notre Dame.”