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Notre Dame must be restored to "last known visual state," French senate says

Construction on the Notre Dame cathedral.
Construction on the facade of Notre Dame. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

The French senate approved a plan on Monday to restore the fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral, but specified that the structure be rebuilt to match its original look, following a push for a more innovative remodel, reports the Local France.

The backdrop: April 15's blaze scorched the roof of the centuries-old structure, devastating one of the nation's most beloved landmarks. Since, the rebuild has been the subject of heated political debate, with French President Emmanuel Macron calling for "an inventive reconstruction," while the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo prefers an identical restoration.

Swamped: As domestic reform fails, world leaders take on the globe

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The change promised by the wave of leaders who rose to power around the world since President Trump's 2016 election often hasn't materialized, forcing them to make waves internationally instead of draining their respective swamps.

The big picture: It's not just Trump whose domestic agenda has stalled out. Both Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's far-right policies and French President Emmanuel Macron's technocratic centrism are struggling to move forward at home.