Mr Macron, 41, was seen in the eyes of many Parisians to have “rose to the occasion” which has resulted in his popularity rise by three points in the latest poll. Data from BVA, found the French president now has a 32 percent approval rating, with six out of ten people feeling he done a good job handling blaze at the 800-year-old cathedral. Mr Macron has confirmed the firefighters will receive a medal for their “courage and devotion” after their work preserved large parts of the historical building.

At a ceremony at the Elysee Palace, an emotional Mr Macron said: “The country and the entire world were watching us and you were exemplary.

“No one will forget the first minutes as France, stunned, watched the spire start to catch fire and collapse.”

He added: “No one knew if the two belfries would hold up, many thought we’d lose them. The cathedral could have collapsed and you could have lost officers. You took risks because your mission was well run.”

Millions of euros has since been pledged by wealthy business owners and the 41-year-old has stated it will be re-built in the next five years.

Meanwhile the BVA poll also found 54 percent of french people think the Gilet Jaunes demonstrations should be put on hold due to the blaze.

However protests have continued today into its 23rd consecutive weekend and has seen violent clashes between activists and riot police.

Angry protestors have set fire to bins, motorcycles and thrown rocks at police, who responded by firing tear gas and stun grenades in the french capital.

Paris prosecutor’s office has confirmed 110 people had been arrested and placed in custody.

It is thought the outpouring of instant financial support for Notre Dame helped to fuel the violence, a sign worn by a demonstrator read: “Millions for Notre-Dame, what about for us, the poor?”.

Whilst another said: “Everything for Notre-Dame, nothing for the miserables.”

The protests first erupted in mid-November over fuel price hikes and the high cost of living but spiralled into a broader movement against Mr Macron and his drive for economic reforms.

It is understood the French president had been ready to concede further ground to the protestors after he previously scrapped the fuel increase, however the blaze on Monday put this on hold.

According to a leaked speech obtained by The Telegraph, Mr Macron is set to announce new reforms which will include tax cuts for poorer households during a speech on Thursday.

source: express.co.uk

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