Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has held its first Mass since the disastrous fire two months ago. Around 30 people wearing hard hats were allowed inside the building. Others were able to watch a broadcast on a Catholic TV channel.
Officials had closed the site after finding high levels of lead in the church. Environmental, health and labor groups have accused the government of downplaying the risk of lead contamination for locals and tourists.
An NGO has filed a lawsuit because of health threats from toxic lead released in Notre Dame Cathedral's devastating fire. Children are especially vulnerable to health problems from lead poisoning, which can be fatal.
Paris' deputy mayor has spoken out about rising concerns of lead poisoning surrounding Notre Dame after a massive blaze melted significant parts of the cathedral. "The city is not going to take any risks," he said.
More than two months after the devastating fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, reconstruction details remain unclear. The French National Assembly has the issue on its agenda again.
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