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Notre Dame de Paris will not be closed after devastating fire, said French Culture Minister Franck Riester.

His remarks came to comment whether the cathedral will be closed during reconstruction works as French President Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to reconstruct the cathedral in five years.

At the same time, the minister did not specify when Notre Dame could be open to visitors, RIA Novosti reported.

The fire broke out at around 6:30 pm Monday, and the roof, the clock and spire was damaged. According to preliminary reports, the fire started during the restoration works. The French authorities said large fire has been extinguished. Paris municipality will allocate 50 million euros for restoration of Notre Dame cathedral which was heavily damaged because of fire.

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