Notre Dame fire: row as general tells architect to 'shut his mouth'

Army general rebuked after lashing out at chief architect over cathedral rebuild plans

The French army general charged with the rebuilding of the fire ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral has been rebuked by the government after telling the chief architect to “shut his mouth” in a sign of tensions over the cathedral’s future appearance.

Gen Jean-Louis Georgelin lost his cool with Philippe Villeneuve in a dispute over whether to replace the spire, which collapsed in the fire in April, with an exact replica or a modern alternative.

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