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WorldFrench billionaire pledges €100 million to rebuild Notre Dame

08:00  16 april  2019
08:00  16 april  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Apple will donate money to rebuild Notre Dame

Apple will donate money to rebuild Notre Dame In a tweet this morning, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the company would be donating to rebuilding efforts to restore Notre Dame. We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the medieval cathedral of Notre - Dame after a Billionaire François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Kering group that owns the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent fashion brands, has already pledged € 100 m (£86m; 3m) towards rebuilding

Billionaire tycoon François-Henri Pinault, husband of Hollywood actress Salma Hayek, has pledged € 100 million to help rebuild Notre Dame . He tweeted: "Tonight we pray for the firefighters tackling the tragic # NotreDame fire - and for everyone in France and beyond who watches and weeps for this

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A French billionaire has pledged to donate 100 million euros to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after the historic building was engulfed in a fire Monday.

François-Henri Pinault, who owns the French luxury group Kering, made the pledge to AFP. Kering owns luxury fashion brands including Gucci and Saint Laurent.

"My father [François Pinault] and I have decided to release as of now from the funds of Artemis a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame," Pinault said in a statement, according to BuzzFeed News.

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand 'a roof too'

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A wealthy alumnus is promising to give the University of Notre Dame its biggest unrestricted gift yet, $ 100 million it can use for any purpose under the sun. The pledge is coming from 1978 graduate Kenneth Ricci, a private pilot and investor

French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, the chairman and CEO of international luxury group Kering, which owns brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen, pledged 100 million euros towards rebuilding Notre Dame , according to a statement.

Monday's massive blaze destroyed much of the cathedral, including its spire and stained-glass windows.

After originally believing that the fire would destroy the entire building, authorities later said that the cathedral had been saved from "total destruction" and that the structure's iconic bell towers were intact.

Police told CNN on Monday evening that the fire was under control.

Authorities were also able to save some pieces of art from the cathedral, including key relics such as the crown of thorns and the tunic of St. Louis.

A number of world leaders and prominent figures expressed sadness over the damage to Notre Dame.

"Notre-Dame is aflame. Great emotion for the whole nation," French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted. "Our thoughts go out to all Catholics and to the French people. Like all of my fellow citizens, I am sad to see this part of us burn tonight."

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