Trudeau offers Canadian steel, wood to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered Canadian steel and lumber to help rebuild France's fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral.
During a visit to Paris on Wednesday, Trudeau called it an "extraordinary honour" to witness the iconic landmark and show Canadians' solidarity with their "French cousins."
"This was a terrible, terrible fire, but we can't help but marvel at how much was saved, even as we did lose so much," he said.
"Canada will stand with France and ensure that we offer all the support, whether it's steel, or wood or whatever help we can. This is truly a piece not just of French history, but of world history that needs to be preserved, and we will be there to be part of it."
The cathedral was devastated by an April 15 blaze. Flames burst through the roof of the centuries-old building and engulfed the spire. That eventually collapsed, followed by the roof.
In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, Trudeau said Canadian associations representing steel and lumber producers have already expressed their wish to contribute to the rebuilding efforts.
"It is with pride that Canada will help ensure the future of this iconic French symbol for future generations," he wrote.
Trudeau is in Paris to sign an international pledge aimed at bringing governments and social media companies working together to stem the spread of violent and extremist content online.