Macron’s wife proposed a “Phallus and golden balls” arrow for Notre-Dame

Macron’s wife proposed a “Phallus and golden balls” arrow for Notre-Dame

Macron’s wife proposed a “Phallus and golden balls” arrow for Notre-Dame

The French government wanted a modernist overhaul of Notre-Dame, according to its former culture minister, with President Macron’s wife launching a new arrow resembling male genitalia.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, who served as Minister of Culture under Prime Minister Jean Castex and, by extension, President Emmanuel Macron from 2020 to 2022, claims in her autobiography that the government wanted to make some kind of modernist statement in the reconstruction from the fire -damaged 800-year-old cathedral, The temperature reports.

“When I returned to the ministry, the office was in a state of stress: the Élysée Palace dreamed of an ‘architectural gesture’ and accused me of only doing what I liked,” she wrote, making reference to the official speech of the French president. residence.

Bachelot, who appears to have insisted on rebuilding the Catholic cathedral as faithfully as possible, said she ‘does not regret this insubordination’ after Brigitte Macron, the French president’s controversial wife, showed her a design project “surmounted by a kind of erect phallus with its base surrounded by golden balls” during a meeting.

With much of the global architectural establishment actively hostile to building in traditional styles, decrying it as “pastiche” and insisting that all new buildings must appear “contemporary”, there has been a concerted effort to try to impose the modernist aesthetic on Notre Dame as restoration of its damaged exterior and destroyed spire has been discussed following the 2019 fire.

Architects have proposed looting the cathedral with features such as a glass roof, steel spire or even a minaret – a tribute to the country’s Muslim Algerians – following the fire.

The so-called conservative Telegraph A UK newspaper ran an article saying “it would be a travesty to rebuild the badly damaged Notre Dame as a facsimile of the original” instead of pursuing “a bold and uncompromising modernity”, while a Harvard professor in America went so far as to say that the destruction of a Christian edifice “so overloaded with meaning… looks like an act of liberation”.

The French government initially encouraged such fantasies, with Macron’s prime minister saying they would “question whether we should even recreate the spire as it was designed”. [or] as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre-Dame with a new spire” – but public pressure and, eventually, Bachelot’s internal lobbying eventually led them to engage in a faithful restoration of the exterior of the cathedral.

The interior of the building may not be safe, however, with leaked plans for a Disneyland-style revival reimagining the cathedral with a focus on diversity and climate change causing controversy towards the end of 2021.

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