The Paris police have ordered the temporary closure of the areas around Notre Dame Cathedral as a “concentration of lead dust” has been detected in the area in recent days, which is higher than “usual” in the French capital.
The area has been a recurring target of measurements since the fire that severely damaged the cathedral in April 2019. Therefore, the police prefecture advised by the health authorities of the Paris metropolitan area has only limited access for pedestrians and vehicles as a precaution, “reports Franceinfo.
“As soon as the cleaning is carried out and all the registered values return to a sufficiently low level, the square will be open to the public again,” said the prefecture in its note, which did not explain the reasons for this rebound in lead powders derived.
French President Emmanuel Macron attended the reconstruction work in April on the occasion of the second anniversary of the fire, which initially aroused fears for the entire cathedral. Authorities estimate that inland worship activities cannot resume until at least 2024.