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Blair Kamin: Notre Dame design contest raises eyebrows

The French, who know a thing or two about the bold reinvention of architectural landmarks (consider I.M. Pei's once-despised, now-iconic Louvre Pyramid), have announced an international design competition to restore or redesign the destroyed spire of Notre Dame cathedral.

Is that a good idea or a publicity stunt? At first glance, I'd say, it's more of the latter than the former.

The contest, announced Wednesday, appears to offer French President Emmanuel Macron a convenient way to divert attention from

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