“A tense, rigorous and complicated objective”. It is in these terms that General Jean-Louis Georgelin qualified the reopening of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in 2024, evoking a “tight schedule”.
The “Monsieur reconstruction” of Notre-Dame de Paris, General Jean-Louis Georgelin, took stock this Friday, July 22 for Le Figaro on the progress of the reconstruction site, three years after the fire which partially destroyed the cathedral, referring to “a tight schedule”.
“We will fight to win this battle”
“2024 is a tense, rigorous and complicated objective. But it is above all an ambition at the service of mobilizing everyone. We will fight to win this battle, and to be able to open for worship in 2024”, thus assured the president of the administrative establishment responsible for the restoration of the cathedral.
And the task ahead promises to be difficult, for this site which has already been stopped twice, due to very high lead levels and the Covid-19 crisis. “On a construction site, there are always hazards and difficulties”, philosophized General Georgelin, who recalls that his job “is to find solutions to adapt to the unexpected”.
Already 700 million euros spent
He also took stock of the reconstruction budget: of the 846 million euros in donations received, 150 million euros were used “to consolidate and secure the building”, while 550 million euros were necessary for the “interior cleaning of the cathedral”.
As for the remaining 146 million euros, Jean-Louis Georgelin explained that they would undoubtedly go to the “external works” of the building, conceding nevertheless that “the program” and “the calendar” of these works “still had to be discussed with patrons and foundations”.
But the road is still long, if the general is to be believed. At the start of the school year, a scaffolding of 600 tons must be placed, on a ground that will have to be “stabilised” as best as possible, and this, in a “reversible” material. A titanic work for this installation which will culminate at 100 meters high.