Conservators, curators, academics, architects and engineers denounce French president’s “political calendar” Notre Dame de Paris was ravaged by fire on 15 April
More than 1,000 leading conservators, curators, academics, architects and engineers have signed an open letter urging the French president Emmanuel Macron not to bypass experts in his rush to rebuild Notre Dame de Paris after it was ravaged by fire on 15 April. The 1,169 signatories of the petition, published in Le Figaro newspaper on 28 April, include Philippe de Montebello, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,
the Italian art historian Salvatore Settis and Delphine Christophe, the head of conservation at France’s Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
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