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Notre-Dame de Paris fire: complaint for endangering the lives of others


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A complaint against X was filed on Tuesday by several actors for endangering the lives of others after the fire, in April 2019, of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris which resulted in the release of smoke and lead throughout the capital.

Several actors filed a complaint, Tuesday, July 6, against X for endangering the lives of others after the fire in the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, which resulted in the release of harmful lead, according to a document consulted by AFP.

On April 15, 2019, a fire ravaged the roof and the spire of the Gothic cathedral located in the city center of Paris, causing smoke and lead to emerge throughout the capital.

“More than 400 tons of lead were destroyed during this fire, partly melted or were pulverized into micro-particles, which were disseminated in the atmosphere”, note in their complaint the CGT-Paris , the Henri Pézerat association and individuals.

For these complainants, “the existence of a direct and immediate risk likely to cause a physical danger of particular gravity” is beyond doubt, reports of the Interprofessional Technical Center for Studies and Atmospheric Pollution, Airparif, Ineris , among others, in support.

“Despite the scale of the fire and the knowledge of the risks of pollution and contamination (…) no particular precautions were taken by the authorities concerned (Ministry of Culture, Regional Health Agency and Prefecture of Police) for more than three months after the fire “, they still regret.

“Obviously exposed to the dangers of exposure to lead”

For the complainants, “the City of Paris has deliberately kept in ignorance the directors of schools and nurseries located in the vicinity of the cathedral by refraining from communicating on the reality of lead pollution in this area” .

And “the ARS and the Prefecture of Police initially refused to make public the results of the dust samples. (…) It was thus necessary to wait more than two months for these results to be finally made public”.

However, “children (in nurseries and schools), residents and workers (in the neighborhood and in the cathedral) were clearly exposed to the dangers of exposure to lead”. “These facts constitute the offense of endangering others,” they say.

A complaint, also for “endangering the life of others”, with constitution of civil party, had been filed in April by the Robin des Bois association. It must allow the quasi-automatic opening of a judicial investigation and the appointment of an investigating judge.

Two years later, the investigators completed their investigations, but a long phase of analysis of the samples must still extend over several months to try to determine the origin of the incident.

With AFP



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