Work to shore up the Notre-Dame de Paris has been finished, allowing restoration to start at the cathedral two years after a fire destroyed the attic and sent its spire crashing through the vaults below, officials have said.
Restoration work is expected to start during the coming months following a bidding process to select companies. Before that, a cleaning operation for the building's interior walls and floor will start this month, the agency said in a statement.
The fire at Notre Dame caused shock in France and around the world. Tearful Parisians and stunned tourists gazed in disbelief while the inferno raged at the cathedral, which marks the very center of Paris.