France announces contest to redesign Notre Dame spire

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PM says rebuilt cathedral should reflect ‘techniques and challenges of our times’

The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has announced an international architecture competition to rebuild the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral.

The 93-metre spire collapsed on Monday in a fire that began at its base and spread through the cathedral’s ribbed roof, made up of hundreds of oak beams, some dating back to the 13th century.

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