The fire that took place on 15 April in the Notre-Dame Cathedral was devastated the building has moved the world, sparking a wave of unpaid donations, but also costing its employment with nearly 80 people.
Since the closing of the cathedral, the tourist frequency is in free fall on the forecourt and in the adjacent streets. End greetings, souvenir sales or tours. The site remains desperately empty and the staff of the cathedral stand still. And the situation will continue.
It will take "five to seven years" to rebuild the building recently granted to the Minister of Culture Franck Riester as the security work continues and it should be continued extend to the Summer 2020.
The cathedral is a family and the father, the rector, is there to help his children go to the end to return to a normal life.Patrick Chauvet
Rector of Our Lady of Paris
The rector therefore decided to designate 38 out of 67 people or more than one in two To dismiss employees.
"It's painful, so I wanted them all to be accompanied" says monseigneur Patrick Chauvet.
According to the cleric, all employees were paid until October 14th. Some of the dismissed people are supported by trainers and have the opportunity to sign an accompanying contract.
In the neighboring streets, the mood is also not good. The dealers also had to decide to part with their workforce: 30 employees were laid off in about 40 companies and ten part-time jobs were reduced.
"We have scaled down the crew this summer and there usually ends the season in late November, but already at the level of September we had the feeling that there was a big decline in activity" Roger-Frédéric Riard, manager of Esmeralda Brewery . So he removed two positions in the room (a bartender and a waiter) and a kitchen job.
Also the concerts of Notre-Dame de Paris have been relocated and the association fears for its future, lack of financial support from the institution.
Those who have benefited directly from the aura of the Cathedral pray so that the gifts promised to Our Lady will enable them to survive.