Billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault Vows To Give 100 Million Euros To Rebuild Notre Dame

The fire that captured the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral has been one of the most devastating news we have seen these few days. The destructive inferno caused many people to come together with the hope of getting the cathedral back.

French billionaire and businessman, Francois-Henri Pinault, the chief executive of Kering, has made a statement declaring 100 million euros to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral. Francois-Henri Pinault is also the owner of many brands including the luxurious fashion line, Gucci. The billionaire released a statement to pledge the money just hours after the fire erupted.

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The fire captured the 850-year-old landmark on April 15th, leaving its roof and spire completely damaged.

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Francois-Henri Pinault is married to famous actress Salma Hayek. He released a statement via AFP. The news was reported by journalist William Plummer on Twitter.

The statement read as followed:

“My father (François Pinault) and I have decided to release from Artemis funds a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.”

Source: William Plummer

Shortly after the fire,  French President Emmanuel Macron released a statement promising to launch a campaign to rebuild the cathedral. The President vowed: “we will rebuild this cathedral together”:

Source: Emmanuel Macron

According to Reuters, President Macron claimed:

The worst has been avoided. I say this very solemnly tonight. We will rebuild it together. It will undoubtedly be part of French destiny and our project for the years to come, but I am committed to it. Starting tomorrow a national subscription will be launched and well beyond our borders we will appeal to the greatest talents and there are many who will come to contribute and rebuild us. We will rebuild the Notre Dame, because that is what the French expect, because it is what our history deserves and its because its our deep destiny.

Many other world leaders have released statements and coming together for France.

British Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted:

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The president of the United States, Donald Trump tweeted:.

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The fire is now under control. In a picture posted online, you can see that the cross and altar have been left undamaged, after the destructive fire.