PARIS, April 18. /TASS/. Former French Ambassador to Russia Stanislas de Laboulaye will coordinate international projects to rebuild Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday, citing diplomatic sources.
According to the news agency, de Laboulaye, who served as French ambassador to Moscow in 2006-2008, will ensure communication between the French government and leading international organizations, and engage foreign experts. He will work in close contact with French presidential envoy for renovation matters Jean-Louis Georgelin and Culture Minister Franck Riester.
A fire broke out at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on the evening of April 15. Due to fierce blaze, the building’s spire and most of the roof collapsed. According to preliminary information, the fire is believed to have been sparked by the ongoing renovation works on a higher level of the cathedral.
French authorities and private donors have pledged hundreds of millions of euros to rebuild one of the French capital’s most important landmarks. Offers of assistance came from Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and other countries.