A fire that broke out early Saturday morning in a residential building in central Paris has left three people deadd, including a woman who jumped from a window, another person seriously injured, and 27 more people needing treatment for minor injuries.
Despite making headline pledges to hand hundreds of millions of euros for the rebuilding of Notre-Dame after a fire that severely damaged the Paris cathedral in April, luxury goods groups LVMH and Kering, the cosmetics giant L'Oréal and oil company Total have still to honour their promises, while reconstruction work involving up to 150 workers is being paid for by small donors.
Architects fear that heavy rainfall - forecast for the French capital on Wednesday - could result in further collapse of the 800-year-old cathedral.
The rector of Notre-Dame, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, has said that a wooden structure to receive worshippers should be erected in front of the fire-damaged 850-year-old cathedral while it is repaired, which is expected to take at least five years.
As the vast and costly project to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral after the huge damage caused by fire on Monday, individuals have begun donating to a public fund for the reconstruction, while several corporations have pledged contributions totalling of several hundred million euros.
Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, which was devastated by fire on Monday evening, occupies a very special place in France because of its combination of the secular, the sacred and the profane, and its symbolic representation of the country as a whole.
A fire that erupted early Monday evening in the upper sections of the 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris was still buring late into the night after destroying the world-renowned building's roof and famous spire, although more significant damage is feared to both its structure and historic artefacts.
An Italian-owned cargo ship carrying thousands of vehicles from Germany to Morocco when it caught fire and sank about 260 kilometres off France's Atlantic Coast on Tuesday, was also transporting 45 containers of "dangerous materials", French regional maritime authorities have confirmed.
One person has been arrested after the blaze in the 16th arrondissement, near the Parc des Princes football stadium in south-west of capital.
A fire which swept rapidly through a building housing seasonal workers at the French Alpine ski resort of Courchevel on Sunday morning left at least two people dead and another 22 injured.
Seven people, including five children, were reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries, and 15 others, including ten police officers, also received medical attention after a fire broke out in a three-storey building in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers, just one month after a mother and her three children died in a blaze in another residential building in the same district.
Two couples and a child were found dead in an apartment in the town of Pau, south-west France, after neighbours reported smoke coming from inside it and seeing blood on a window.
An investigation is underway to establish whether a motorbike that was destroyed by flames which spread to a diplomatic behicle in front of the Jordanian military mission in Paris early Wednesday was set on fire deliberately.
Top fire regulations official says following Grenfell fire no building over 28 metres in France will be allowed to be clad in flammable material.