On Wednesday, the French government announced that it would be holding a competition to redesign the roof of the building.
French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said he thought the contest could give Notre Dame "a spire suited to the techniques and challenges of our time." He also suggested that the contest could result in the building being reconstructed without a spire at all. "The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc," he said, according to Reuters. He called the undertaking "a historical responsibility."
French President Emmanuel Macron said that he wanted to see the church rebuilt within five years "more beautiful than before." However, the cathedral's own rector said that the church would likely be closed to the public for up to six years due to a segment that "has been very weakened," so the actual timetable could be longer than that.