Preposterous “concept drawings” appeared almost immediately on social media. A twisted concrete spire in pure Dubai style. A transparent roof with plate-glass windows, more suited to an elevated railroad station. And worse.
Fury ensued. We French wanted our cathedral back, not some megalomaniac statement by a publicity-hungry architect eager to make his mark on Notre Dame.
Macron, a Gen X-Millenial hybrid with delusions of competence, isn’t an art historian any more than he’s an engineer. Carelessly dismissing Viollet-le-Duc — a medieval architectural expert, who’d pored over every available engraving, painting and illuminated religious manuscript to reproduce the original 1250 spire, under the watchful eye of the Historical Monuments Committee of the time — is typical of the contempt for humble effort often found in our ruling technocrats.