LIVE: French PM Philippe briefs the press following Minister’s Council on Notre Dame fire

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe gives a statement to the press following a meeting of the Minister’s Council at the Elysee in Paris on Wednesday, April 17, focused on the fire that devastated the Notre Dame cathedral.

The iconic spire of the centuries-old Gothic structure, as well as large parts of the roof, collapsed during the conflagration.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, although there are indications that it may be linked to restoration work that was underway at the site.

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