In the last hours nothing else is said in Paris. The fire that almost destroyed the Notre Dame Cathedral It has saddened the French and everyone who has had the opportunity to visit this Gothic wonder that began to be built in 1163.
Two thirds of the ceiling have been destroyed, while the central spire fell and the rose windows suffered significant damage. At first there was fear that it would end up completely destroyed, but luckily the firefighters were able to save the structure by controlling the fire in a matter of hours. So now you can start talking about your reconstruction.
Private donations multiply
As expected, the City hall of paris He was one of the first to move a tab. It has announced that it will immediately unlock 50 million euros. In addition, there are also American organizations like the New York-based French Heritage Society that have started to raise funds at a very good pace.
François-Henri Pinault, a billionaire who is in charge of Artemis and the Kering group (which includes luxury brands such as Saint Laurent, Gucci or Alexander McQueen), has come to the fore to declare that they are going to donate 100 million euros with which to finance some of the works to be carried out in the cathedral:
This tragedy affects all French people and goes far beyond those who feel tied to it by spiritual values. In the face of such drama, each one wants to give a new impulse as quickly as possible to this jewel of our heritage.
The cosmetic group The real and the Bettencourt They have also joined the cause by promising 200 million euros in donations, which is the same amount that the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) group of Bernard Arnault will donate, which not only intends to put money on the table, but also wants to put at the disposal of the authorities its "creative, architectural, financial teams to help the long reconstruction work on the one hand, and the fundraising on the other, which is announced."
The French oil company Total, through Patrick Pouyanné (CEO of the company) has promised via Twitter 100 million euros in donations, while other major companies such as Société Générale, JC Decaux or Apple speak of figures that range between one million and 20 million euros.
Obviously, donations from Parisians will also be accepted to launch a multi-million dollar restoration that the French consider to be a priority as soon as possible.
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