The bell of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris rang through the empty streets of the locked down city on the first anniversary of the devastating fire, Wednesday, April 15.
READ MORE: One year after Notre Dame was gutted by fire, French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged that the Paris landmark would be fully restored in five years.
In a video statement on his Twitter account, Macron said everything would be done to rebuild Notre Dame in five years, as he promised last year.
He said restoring the cathedral is important to the people of France because it is a symbol of their resilience and their capacity to overcome hardships.
He repeated the promise, he said, even though the coronavirus pandemic has “monopolized our lives” as well as halted restoration work on the cathedral, since France instituted a precautionary lockdown March 16.