Notre Dame's iconic rooster retrieved from rubble

LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault

The main organ, which had close to 8,000 pipes, has also suffered damage.

Sparks and flames are seen through a destroyed stained glass window as the Notre Dame Cathedral burns in Paris, France, April 15, 2019.

The cathedral, one of Paris's most famous landmarks, lost its spire and roof, but still has its iconic bell towers.

She said: "I feel like it will bring comfort to people in Paris and all over the world at this sad time". "And we can do it".

In addition, Nippon Travel Agency (NTA) is confirming the safety of 78 tourists who were in Paris when the fire engulfed the historic monument, but French authorities said no casualties had been reported.

But he said that the cathedral - like many others in France - did not have automatic sprinklers in the wooden framework of the roof, and that its attic space was not compartmentalised with fire-breaking walls, which could have prevented a blaze from spreading.

"We will talk together", she said.

Images from inside the cathedral Tuesday showed its vast walls standing proud, with statues still in place and a gleaming golden cross above the altar.

In a stroke of good timing, sculptures of the Twelve Apostles and four New Testament evangelists that adorned the cathedral had been lifted off the building last week, before the fire, for restoration work in the southwestern city of Perigueux.

Junior interior minister Laurent Nunez told reporters at the scene that work to secure the structure would continue into Thursday, allowing firefighters access to remove remaining artifacts and artworks.

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Almost 400 firefighters fought the blaze for more than nine hours, the department said.

The fire at the 856-year-old cathedral began Monday evening local time.

US President Donald Trump relayed Americans' "condolences" to Macron over the fire, the White House said.

The Winnipeg fire came to mind as soon as he saw the scaffolding around the spire at Notre Dame, he said.

Mr Heitz said there were no indications that the blaze was started deliberately.

Rhone is a French department situated in the east of the country.

Energy firm Total promised 100 million euros ($113m), while cosmetics group L'Oreal and the Bettencourt family said they would donate 200 million euros ($226m). Tim Cook, Apple CEO, also tweeted a promise that Cupertino will be helping finance the rebuilding efforts.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said France would launch a fundraising campaign to rebuild Notre-Dame, which ranks among the finest examples of French Gothic cathedral architecture.

The cost of a likely multi-year restoration project could itself take a year to become clear, industry experts said.

A statement from Francois-Henri Pinault said "this tragedy impacts all French people" and "everyone wants to restore life as quickly as possible to this jewel of our heritage".

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