France invites architects to design new Notre Dame spire

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France has invited the world’s architects to submit designs for rebuilding the emblematic spire that collapsed during the blaze at Notre Dame.

The competition was announced by Édouard Philippe, the prime minister, amid debate over whether a restored cathedral should also be modernised. It has been rebuilt and modernised several times in its 800 years of history, and the spire was a 19th-century addition to the 13th-century building.

Mr Philippe said the competition would settle the question, at least as far as the spire was concerned. “It will end the debate on whether we need an identical spire, or a new spire adapted to the techniques and stakes of our era.”

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