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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.
— Alexandre Fremont (@alex_fremont) April 15, 2019
— Martin Tairo (@mmtairo) April 15, 2019
— Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019
— jagger (@jagger10301290) April 16, 2019
— Anthony (@anthpezz) April 16, 2019
Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Praying for everyone’s safety.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 15, 2019
My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 15, 2019
My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose—to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own. I wish France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 15, 2019
Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019
[via BuzzFeed News, opening image via Shutterstock]
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019