Notre Dame

Czechia to help France with Notre Dame cathedral repair

The Czech government is prepared to financially help France in the renewal of the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, but is waiting for the French cabinet's decision on the reconstruction and fundraising, PM Andrej Babiš (ANO) said.

According to the Minister of Culture, Antonín Staněk, the Czech Republic could offer the assistance of experts to France and his office is also working on organizing a fundraising campaign.

"The Ministry of Culture is now handling the organization of a fundraising campaign. The Ministry itself cannot organize it, but a state contributory organization can," Staněk said. He also stated that there are specific issues with sending money from the state treasury to a country abroad. Therefore, he is discussing necessary precautions with the Ministry of Finance and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Czech restorers and experts with experience in the reconstruction of the burned-out Slovak castle Krásná Horka could help with the restoration of Notre Dame. "At this point, we are also waiting for the French side to decide what another specific form of assistance will be needed for the assistance to be coordinated and meaningful," Staněk added.

Possible help for France was first mentioned by Staněk on Monday. Czech PM Babiš immediately responded to the Notre Dame fire and expressed his support in a text message to the French President. Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček described the event as a "great disaster".

On the GoFundMe website, there are already more than fifty campaigns raising funds to restore the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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