On Monday, the world had to watch helplessly as the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris went up in flames. Nine hours and 400 firefighters later, the fire was finally put out. While the cathedral’s structure had been saved and the main artworks were unharmed, there is a lot of rebuilding that needs to be done. Luckily, there are people ready to help.
€300 million have been donated
BuzzFeed reports that two French billionaires have decided to use their money for good, announcing that they’ll be donating a generous amount towards the restoration of the cathedral. François-Henri Pinault, who is the chair and CEO of the international luxury group Kering, which includes Gucci and Saint Laurent, announced that he and his family will be donating €100 million to aid with the reconstruction of the cathedral.
After Pinault’s announcement, Bernard Arnault, chair and CEO of luxury goods group LVMH, whose brands include Moët & Chandon and Dior, announced that he was doubling the amount donated by Pinault. In a statement posted on the LVMH Twitter account, Arnault said that the cathedral is an integral part of France’s history and that the Arnault family would like to pledge their support.
The cathedral will be restored to its former glory
Pinault and Arnault are not alone in wanting to help restore the historic building. French President Emmanuel Macron said that he was planning on starting a fundraising campaign that will aid in the rebuilding of the cathedral. He told reporters: “We will rebuild. We will rebuild Notre Dame because this is what the French expect, because this is what our history deserves, because it is our destiny.”
President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, took to Twitter to call on the EU’s member states to donate what they can to help with the rebuilding.
I’d like to say words of comfort and solidarity with the French nation, also as citizen of Gdańsk, 90% destroyed and burnt, later rebuilt. You will also rebuild your cathedral!
From Strasbourg, French capital of the EU, I call on all 28 States to take part in this task.#NotreDame
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) April 16, 2019
The Notre Dame cathedral is more than 800 years old and has undergone several multimillion-dollar renovations. At the time the fire broke out, the spire was being restored as part of renovations to repair water damage to the wooden structure.
There’s always good within the bad
Even though it can never be the same as it was before, it’s good to see that there are so many people who are ready to donate money to help with the cathedral’s restoration. It is a beautiful piece of history and we’re really thankful that the structure was saved.