No French trees big enough to rebuild Notre Dame roof

The cathedral’s roof cannot be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire, according to a French cultural heritage expert.

No French trees big enough to rebuild Notre Dame roof
Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (Thibault Camus)

Author: Associated Press

Published: 3:05 AM EDT April 16, 2019

Updated: 3:05 AM EDT April 16, 2019

A French cultural heritage expert says France no longer has trees big enough to replace ancient wooden beams that burned in the Notre Dame fire.

Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, told France Info radio that the wooden roof that went up in flames was built with beams more than 800 years ago from primal forests.

Speaking Tuesday, he said the cathedral's roof cannot be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because "we don't, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 13th century."

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He said the restoration work will have to use new technologies to rebuild the roof.

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