The huge blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is still having unexpected consequences on health, after more than three months, AFP reported on Thursday.
Local authorities in Paris have ordered a "deep clean" at schools around the fire-damaged cathedral, a city official said today, following a media report claiming the full extent of contamination has been covered up.
Paris health official Arnaud Gauthier said that the cleaning had been ordered "to reassure us that the risk is minimal," adding that the levels of lead pollution caused by the 15th April fire at Notre-Dame were not a cause for alarm.
Environmental groups warned soon after the fire that 300 tonnes of lead in the roof of the Paris landmark had gone up in flames, posing a danger to residents in the area, particularly to children.
A report from the Mediapart investigative website on Thursday reported that dangerous levels of lead, as much as 10 times higher than the safe limit, had been detected in schools and crèches close to the cathedral.
On Tuesday, France’s Parliament passed a bill on the rebuilding of Notre-Dame after a fire destroyed the cathedral roof.
The fire on 15th April destroyed the wooden roof of the cathedral as well as a spire that was added to the 800-year-old church during a 19th century renovation.
The bill establishes a legal framework for the distribution of funds donated for the renovation.