The French government wanted a modernist redesign of Notre-Dame, according to its former culture minister, with President Macron’s wife putting up a new tower to resemble male genitalia.
Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, who served as culture minister under Prime Minister Jean Castex and thus President Emmanuel Macron from 2020 to 2022, claims in her autobiography that the government wanted to make some sort of modernist statement in rebuilding the fire-damaged 800-year-old cathedral, The times reports.
“When I got back to the ministry, the office was stressed: the Élysée Palace dreamed of an ‘architectural gesture’ and accused me of only doing what I want,” she wrote, referring to the official at the French presidential residence .
Bachelot, who appears to have insisted on a reconstruction of the Catholic cathedral that is as faithful to the original as possible, said she had “no regrets for that disobedience” after Brigitte Macron, the French president’s controversial wife, offered her a design proposal “topped with a sort of erect phallus whose base is surrounded by golden balls” at a meeting.
Here come the architects: Modernists want a glass roof, steel spire or minaret for Notre Dame https://t.co/Sgy6dg3prZ
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With much of the global architecture establishment actively opposed to building in traditional styles, labeling it “pastiche” and insisting that all new buildings must appear “contemporary”, there was a concerted effort to try to improve Notre-Dame imposing a modernist aesthetic as a restoration of the damaged exterior and ruined tower was discussed after the 2019 fire.
Architects suggested plundering the cathedral after the fire with elements such as a glass roof, a steel spire or even a minaret – a tribute to the country’s Muslim Algerians.
The supposedly conservative telegraph Newspaper in the UK ran an article stating that “It would be a farce to rebuild a badly damaged Notre Dame as a facsimile of the original” instead of pursuing “bold and uncompromising modernity” while a Harvard professor in America said so Going far, the destruction of a Christian building “so laden with meaning…feels like an act of liberation”.
The French government initially encouraged such fantasies, with Macron’s prime minister saying they would “pose the question of whether we should even rebuild the spire as it was conceived [or] As is so often the case in heritage development, we should provide Notre-Dame with a new spire” – but public pressure and possible internal lobbying by Bachelot eventually led them to commit to a faithful restoration of the cathedral’s exterior.
The inside of the building may not be safe, however, as leaked plans for a Disneyland-style reinterpretation of the cathedral that emphasizes diversity and climate change are sparking controversy towards the end of 2021.
Notre-Dame Cathedral to become a woke Disneyland theme park, according to leaked renovation planshttps://t.co/JhBx0wGvJc
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