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France to launch contest to determine design of new spire for damaged Notre Dame Cathedral

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The French president has said he wants to see the iconic church build 'more beautiful than before'

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The French government will be launching a contest to design a new spire for the Notre Dame Cathedral after the old one was destroyed in a fire.

What happened?

On Monday, the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire. While much of the building's stone structure survived, the wooden roof and spire were destroyed and the rest of the building suffered serious damage. While an investigation is still ongoing, French authorities have said that they believe the fire was accidental.

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