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Brigitte Macron backed a 'phallus with golden balls' as the new spire for Notre Dame cathedral

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Brigitte Macron has proposed a “phallus erected with golden balls” as the new spire of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, said the former Minister of Culture.

Roselyne Bachelot, 76, recounted in her memoir how she was shocked when the First Lady presented her risky plans for the iconic landmark over lunch.

After a fire tore through the iconic Gothic cathedral in 2019, Emmanuel Macron held an international competition to redesign the spire and roof.

But it sparked a heated argument, with some wanting the 850-year-old building restored to its former glory, and others wanting a modern design.

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Brigitte Macron has proposed a ‘golden ball phallus’ as the new spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, the former culture minister says

Bachelot, who was sacked by Macron last year, rejected the modernist proposals, which included a carbon fiber roof covered in gold leaf, a greenhouse, an open ceiling and a roof constructed entirely of stained glass.

The former minister said in her new book 682 Days recounting her tenure, that the Élysée Palace, under Macron’s instructions, was pushing for wacky new plans, which she tried to push back.

She said: “I do not forget the first meeting of the National Commission for Architecture and Heritage where I said on July 9 that the spire of Notre-Dame had to be built identically to respect the Charter of Venice.

“When I returned to rue de Valois (Ministry of Culture), the staff was stressed: the Elysée dreamed of an “architectural gesture” and accused me of doing what I wanted. Well, it won’t be the last time.

“I do not regret this insubordination when, having lunch with Brigitte Macron a few days later, she shows me a project surmounted by a sort of erect phallus whose base is surrounded by golden balls.”

After a fire tore through the iconic Gothic cathedral in 2019, Emmanuel Macron held an international competition to redesign the spire and roof

After a fire tore through the iconic Gothic cathedral in 2019, Emmanuel Macron held an international competition to redesign the spire and roof

The cathedral is pictured on December 29 as reconstruction continues on the iconic Paris landmark

The cathedral is pictured on December 29 as reconstruction continues on the iconic Paris landmark

In the end, the National Assembly judged that the restoration should “preserve the historic, artistic and architectural interest of the monument”.

The spire of the cathedral was actually a later addition to the building, added in the 19th century to replace the original which had been weakened and bent by the wind.

Authorities want the monument to be reopened to the public by December 2024, with a fully completed restoration the following year.

Michel Picaud, president of the charity Les Amis de Notre Dame de Paris, said last month: “The work is progressing extremely well.

“What has been decided is to restore the cathedral to the state it was in before the fire and…the schedule looks very solid.”

Roselyne Bachelot (pictured second left) told in her memoir how she was shocked when the First Lady laid out her risky plans

Roselyne Bachelot (pictured second left) told in her memoir how she was shocked when the First Lady laid out her risky plans

The spire of the cathedral was actually a later addition to the building, added in the 19th century to replace the original which had been weakened and bent by the wind.

The spire of the cathedral was actually a later addition to the building, added in the 19th century to replace the original which had been weakened and bent by the wind.

Construction of the roof and spire will begin this year.

Located on the Ile de la Cité in the middle of the Seine, Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary which was built from 1163 to 1260 under the bishop of Paris Maurice de Sully.

The limestone-fronted structure is considered not only a symbol of Paris, but also one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, resplendent with its colorful rose windows and pioneering vaults and buttresses.

Its wooden roof and spire were razed after the fire – caused by an electrical malfunction or a lit cigarette butt linked to ongoing renovations – took hold in the attic on the evening of April 15, 2019.

The fire was extinguished fifteen hours later. Although there were no fatalities from the accident, three emergency services personnel were injured and some artwork inside was damaged by smoke.

Fortunately, the cathedral’s stone ceiling—above which rose the lead-clad wooden roof—protected much of the interior, and the altar, rose windows, and organs of Notre-Dame were left untouched. suffered little or no damage.

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