Notre Dame fire fundraiser gets £86,000,000 pledge from Pinault family
French president Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire ravaged ..
French president Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire ravaged the historic landmark – and fundraising has already begun.
French billionaires the Pinault family have reportedly pledged more than €100 million (£86 million) to restore the 800-year-old cathedral, whose spire collapsed amid the flames.
Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, is quoted in the French media as saying he and his father, Francois, had decided to donate the money to help with the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.
The younger Mr Pinault is chief executive of international luxury group Kering, which owns brands such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, and is the president of French holding company Groupe Artemis, which owns the Christies auction house.
Meanwhile, Frances Fondation du Patrimoine, a private organisation which works to protect French heritage, said it would be starting an international appeal.
It tweeted: For our Lady to be reborn from her ashes we are launching an international appeal. All donations received will be paid in full to the restoration site.
Mr Macron said he would be looking beyond our borders as the fundraising campaign got under way.