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Notre Dames 200,000 bees kept on roof survived devastating fire

Notre Dames bees are still buzzing around outside.

It was feared the hives had been engulfed in the fire that devastated the iconic building in Paris on Monday.

But beekeeper Nicolas Geant has now confirmed they survived.

He said: The bees are alive. Until this morning, I had had no news.

At first I thought that the three hives had burned but I had no information

Then I saw from satellite images that this was not the case and then the cathedral spokesman told me that they were going in and out of the hives.

Nicolas Geant, a beekeeper, harvests honey for the first time from a beehive set up on the roof of the Grand Palais, on September 2, 2009, in Paris. City bees, said Geant, nowadays produce four to five times more honey than their country cousins. The Opera Garnier also has hives on the roof and the honey, produced from various flowers in the capital is highly regarded. The Eiffel Tower is pictured at left. AFP PHOTO PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

Nicolas Geant, a beekeeper, harvests honey from the hives in Notre Dame (Picture: AFP/Getty)

This photo taken on Monday April 15, 2019 shows Notre Dame cathedral burning in Paris. Firefighters declared success Tuesday April 16, 2019 morning in an over 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers. (AP Photo/Vanessa Pena)

Notre Dame cathedral burning in Paris (Picture: AP)

Mr Geant, who looks after the hives which are kept on top of a sacristry that adjoins the cathedral, had feared the worst after hearing about the fire.

He had received calls of support from people around the world who were concerned for the bees.

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Mr Geant said the species of bee at Notre Dame was loyal and would never have abandoned the hive or queen.

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Bees survived Notre Dame fire Beeopic said that the site managers at stated that the bees at Notre Dame Cathedral are still alive Provider: Instagram/beeopic Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSv2-n2h3hy/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BwZScZLHFH8/

Bees have made the cathedral their home (Picture: Instagram/beeopic)

TO GO WITH AFP STORY:LE GRAND PALAIS INSTALLE DES RUCHES SUR SON TOIT ET VA FAIRE SON MIEL Beekeeper Nicolas Geant works on the roof of the Grand Palais in Paris on May 7, 2009. Le Grand Palais, built in 1900 near the Champs-Elys??es, today installed its first hive, the honey from which will be sold. The Opera . Garnier also has hives on the roof and the honey, produced from various flowers in the capital is highly regarded. AFP PHOTO STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Beekeeper Nicolas Geant said he received calls from concerned people (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Meanwhile, it has been estimated rebuilding Notre Dame will cost billions of pounds.

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