Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin told French broadcaster CNews on Sunday that “the cathedral is still in a state of peril” after last year’s fire, which destroyed its roof and brought down its spire, as the cathedral was undergoing renovations, RFI reports.
“Notre-Dame has not yet been saved. There is an extremely important step ahead, which is to remove the scaffolding that had been built around the spire,” he said, referring to the 50,000 metal pipes that the fire fused together into one massive cage-like structure.
The rector of Notre-Dame, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, said in December that the cathedral is still so fragile there’s a “50 percent chance” the structure might not be saved, because the scaffolding may fall onto its fragile vaults.
A former chief of staff of France’s armed forces, Georgelin was named by French President Emmanuel Macron to lead the reconstruction effort for Notre-Dame.