Public body overseeing Notre Dame works meets for 1st time

In this image made available on Tuesday April 16, 2019 flames and smoke rise from the blaze after the spired toppled over on Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thierry Mallet)
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PARIS (AP) The board of trustees of the new public body overseeing the construction of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is meeting for the first time.

Officials on Tuesday were discussing the roadmap for the building’s reconstruction, two days after the body was legally created.

President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Jean-Louis Georgelin, a 71-year-old former army chief who is known as “the general” by his staff, to head the body.

Shortly after the April 15 fire, Macron made an ambitious pledge that Notre Dame would be rebuilt by 2024.

The tight timeline has prompted widespread disbelief among architects, renovation experts and others.

Nearly $1 billion was raised in the days after the 15 fire to rebuild the beloved monument.