In the nave of Notre Dame cathedral, huge scaffolding supports a working floor, some thirty-three metres high. It is in this space that craftsmen bustle about supporting the sexpartite vaults of the building, each resting on six pillars.
This “timbering” of the parts damaged in the April 15, 2019 fire was launched in March 2021: several half-hangers, strictly conforming to the shape of the vaults, and each weighing more than 1.6 tons, have already been installed.
Uperio’s new Potain MDT 809 tower crane working on the Notre Dame Cathedral
There is now a legal action over worrying lead levels around Notre Dame Cathedral.
Lawyers for a branch of one of the country’s most powerful unions, which has joined forced with a health association and local residents, have submitted a legal case for “endangering life … by persons unknown”.
The plaintiffs accuse the authorities of “grave negligence”, which they say exposed city dwellers, particularly children and those working to restore the cathedral, to dangerous levels of toxic lead dust.