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US News Notre-Dame-de-Paris fire. The Court of Auditors criticizes the use of donations

17:05  30 september  2020
17:05  30 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The institution points to the “absence” of an administrative investigation after the fire of the cathedral in 2019 and a use of funds "not sufficiently transparent".

She had announced a control of the collection and use of donations paid for the restoration of Notre-Dame . The Court of Auditors delivered a first assessment, this Wednesday, September 30. It reveals the worrying state of the building before the fire , the abnormal lack of administrative investigation afterwards, and the use of funds from the exceptional outpouring of generosity not sufficiently transparent.

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The subscription launched on the evening of the fire totaled more than 900 million euros in donations and pledges. The 184 million paid at the end of 2019, making it possible to finance immediate emergency projects. And the operation (about 5 million per year), of the public establishment responsible for the restoration of the building, notes Pierre Moscovici.

The management of donations criticized

The first President of the Court emphasizes that this lack of State subsidy appears contrary to the terms of the law of July 29, 2019, which reserves the funds collected for work only. For the same reason, the report points to management fees charged on donations by fundraising organizations. And advocates clear information to donors.

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The Court of Auditors also points out insufficient management of fire risks before April 15, 2019, due to a complex sharing of responsibilities between these different actors.

A recommended administrative investigation

Pierre Moscovici also said he was surprised that the Ministry of Culture had not launched an administrative investigation to determine possible failures in the conduct of the spire renovation project which was underway at the time -the.

Restoration of Notre-Dame - @pierremoscovici : "It is regrettable that there was no administrative investigation. On the markets, the situation must be clearer in the future" # le79inter pic.twitter.com/7SLBXRcgrZ

- France Inter (@franceinter) September 30, 2020

The report therefore recommends the launch of this administrative investigation, to find out what happened and what future, this will not happen again on any of the 86 other French cathedrals.

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