The iconic Notre Dame cathedral was captured by flames earlier this week, which caused the collapse of the roof and the spire.
The 800-year-old building has some of its structure intact despite the inferno, and now there are words that there are plans to help rebuild the architecture.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced that they launched an international fundraising campaign:
We’ll rebuild this cathedral all together and it’s undoubtedly part of the French destiny and the project we’ll have for the coming years.
Watch the moment that the Notre Dame spire fell down below:
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Pray for the Notre Dame. pic.twitter.com/S4AKsr03vZ
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After it was launched, donations started to roll in. Some of the wealthiest people in the world have donated. Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, pledged €200 million ($226 million) along with L’Oreal. Francois-Henri Pinault pledged €100 million, same as oil company Total.
Others include investor Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere and construction magnates Martin and Olivier Bouygues, they donated €10 million. Credit Agricole bank donated €5 million and US private equity investor Henry Kravis pledged €9 million.
Historically, culturally, and religiously heartbreaking….
850 years of history up in smoke. pic.twitter.com/2dUhHGC4CS
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It has been reported they have already reached €1 billion. Addressing the nation in a television appearance, Macron said:
We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautiful and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it. It is up to us to change this disaster into an opportunity to come together, having deeply reflected on what we have been and what we have to be and become better than we are.
France’s President Macron says he wants #NotreDame rebuilt within 5 years.
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He then continued saying that “it is up to us to find the thread of our national project,” and the country should “not fall into the trap of haste,” however, the tragedy should bring Parisians together:
What we saw last night in Paris was our capacity to mobilize and to unite.
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Stéphane Bern, Presidential cultural heritage representative and journalist reported that the billion has been reached. He spoke to broadcaster France-Info on Wednesday where he claimed that the money has been reached within the day:
The billion-euro mark of donations was reached during the day.
Post-fire: The Nave of Notre Dame, Paris, looking towards the Chancel and Altar. (Getty images) pic.twitter.com/V08KBkDLet
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The reconstruction of the cathedral may have to take some inspiration from unexpected sources, including the 2014 video game Assassin’s Creed: Unity.