Canada’s Justin Trudeau dons a hard hat as he visits fire-ravaged Notre Dame

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France’s culture minister said work is still needed to make the structure safe before restoration gets under way.

France’s culture minister Franck Riester says that a month after a fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral, the edifice is still being made safe enough for its restoration to begin.

Mr Riester and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau wore hard hats for a visit Wednesday inside the Gothic church.

Mr Trudeau said he wanted to show Canadians’ solidarity “toward our French cousins”.

After the devastating April 15 fire, he said, one “can’t help but marvel at how so much was saved”.

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Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau addresses reporters after visiting Notre Dame cathedral (Christophe Ena/AP)

He said robots, for instance, were removing gravel from inside the cathedral, to be examined both by ministry experts and police seeking clues about the fire’s origin.

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