French Billionaire Donates US$113M To Restore Destroyed Notre Dame Building3 min read

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A fire broke out last Monday in The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, one of the most beloved landmarks in Paris.

According to The Guardian, the fire that broke out in the cathedral’s roof might be linked to ongoing restoration works. The clips below show the Gothic building’s spire falling to its demise; additionally, Reuters reported that the roof of the 850-year-old building have collapsed, with three of its medieval rose windows combusting from the heat.

Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet has responded to the emergency, saying that the cathedral’s two bell towers, along with the main structure, have been “safe and preserved as a whole,” although there is little to be done about the roof. French president Emmanuel Macron, who canceled a major speech to the nation, also weighed in on the situation and promised to begin reconstruction on the cathedral immediately.

Now, BuzzFeed News has reported that French billionaire François-Henri Pinault has come forward with an offer of €100 million (US$113 million) to help restore the Notre Dame to health. On Twitter, he detailed that he would donate the amount from Artemis funds to assist renovation work.

Pinault is the CEO of luxury group Kering and the president of French holding firm Groupe Artémis.

French President Emmanuel Macron also announced that he would embark on a national fundraising campaign to rebuild the cathedral, though details are still scarce.

Thousands of people have gathered around the city to mourn the destruction of the landmark, with tributes poured in from political figures like US first lady Melania Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

[via BuzzFeed News, opening image via Shutterstock]