Macron Pledges To Rebuild Notre Dame After The 856-Year Old Cathedral Went Up In Flames
French President, Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a massive fire engulfed the church yesterday.
Firefighters were still trying to bring the fire under control 12 hours after it first broke out. The blaze is believed to be linked to the extensive renovation work currently going on at the church.
French billionaire Bernard Arnault also announced late Tuesday that he and the LVMH luxury conglomerate would donate 200 million euros ($226 million) for the reconstruction efforts.
Francois Pinault, founder of fashion group, Kering also offered 100 million to help rebuild the cathedral.
Privately run French Heritage Foundation,
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Tuesday proposed organising an international donor conference to coordinate the pledges to restore the gothic architectural masterpiece.
The United Nations’ cultural agency UNESCO has also vowed to help restore the site, which was declared a world heritage site in 1991.