The fire that burned through much of the Notre Dame Cathedral earlier this week was likely caused by an electrical short circuit, a Paris police official said on Thursday. The blaze ravaged the historic cathedral, destroying the roof, spire, and much of the internal structure. While artifacts and works of art — like the Crown of Thornes and Rose Windows — were salvaged, the edifice will need to undergo a lengthy restoration process. More than a billion dollars in donations have poured in from around the world, sparking controversy among French critics who say the quick response is evidence French President Emmanuel Macron is the "president of the rich." Paris officials are still awaiting approval to work in the cathedral and confirm the cause of the fire.

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