French billionaire pledges to donate 100M euros to repair Notre Dame after blaze

French billionaire Fran’ois-Henri Pinault vowed to provide 100 million euros along with his father to help the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris recover from the fire that devastated the historic building on Monday.

“My father [Fran’ois 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.

Pinault is the owner of the French luxury group Kering based in Paris. The luxury group owns brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen, among others. French billionaire pledges to donate News Rival French Billionaires Pledge Nearly 0 Million to Rebuild Notre Dame ... Fortune 32 minutes ago will donate 100 million euros from their Artemis investment company, the family said Tuesday in an emailed statement. Their ... He is also the husband of Mexican American actress Salma Hayek.

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Millions pledged to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral after devastating fire

Authorities look for answers after a massive fire devastated the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. USA TODAY

PARIS ‘ A massive fundraising campaign was being launched Tuesday to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral, hours after a huge fire engulfed the iconic 800-year-old house of worship in the French capital.

The Paris Fire Service announced on Twitter’that firefighters “came to grips with” the blaze early Tuesday, more than nine hours after they’began the effort. French billionaires pledge 9 million to help rebuild Notre Dame WPTV-TV 2 hours ago The billionaires behind many ... The company said in a statement that the donation showed "solidarity with this national tragedy" ... It said nearly 400 firefighters had battled the inferno, and two policemen and one firefighter had been slightly injured.’

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Notre-Dame Is the Burning Heart of Paris

PARIS ‘ I learned that Notre-Dame was burning on Monday night when a stranger ‘ an older man ‘ stopped me on the street. French billionaire pledges €100 million to rebuild Notre ... thehill.com /homenews/news/439033- french - billionaire ... 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 ... A shrieking ambulance had just sped past us. He pointed to a plume of smoke in the distance, and said: ‘It’s going to Notre-Dame. Notre-Dame is on fire.’

And yet, the fire at Notre-Dame feels as if it has struck everyone here. Drone footage of the fire showed the cross-shaped building entirely in flames. French Billionaires Pledge 300 Million Euros To Rebuild ... www.buzzfeednews.com/article/skbaer/notre-dame-fire... French billionaire François-Henri Pinault said Monday night he and his family will donate 100 million euros to help reconstruct the Notre Dame Cathedral, hours after a catastrophic fire tore through the historic structure, collapsing its spire and causing significant damage. "My father [François ... When President Emmanuel Macron came on national TV around 11:30 p.m., with the still-burning structure behind him, he called it ‘the cathedral of all the French, even those who were never here.’

Notre Dame Cathedral will rise again. French billionaire pledges 3 million to rebuild Notre ... www.thisisinsider.com/notre-dame-rebuild-fund- donations -2019-4 The French billionaire , François-Henri Pinault, and his family have pledged 100 million euros (3 million) to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, which went up in flames on Monday evening. But it will never be the same.

‘You still haven’t seen Notre Dame’s west facade,’ we tease my dad. The first time my mom, an art historian and Gothic architecture obsessive, took us to Paris’s iconic cathedral, the front was covered in scaffolding, as workers were painstakingly removing years of accumulated grime, turning the brooding, dark gray stone so many shades lighter that it almost seemed white. My mom, my sister and I visited the lightened edifice years later. My dad had to work. We rub it in.

Uncovered were the 28 kings of Judah, standing in a dramatic row on the cathedral’s facade. Mistaken for old French monarchs, the statues were beheaded and removed during the tumult of the French Revolution. New versions were installed in the 19th century. Human ingenuity built Notre Dame. Human folly has marred it. Human reverence for the old and the beautiful has rescued it ‘ before, anyway.

France’s richest man Bernard Arnault pledges ‘200MILLION to repair Notre Dame

France’s richest man has pledged ‘200m (‘170m) towards the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, doubling the donation of Salma Hayek’s husband.

Multi-billionaire Bernard Arnault, head of the LVMH luxury goods group, instantly became the biggest benefactor of an appeal launched by President Emmanuel Macron.

On Monday ‘ the day of the blaze ‘ French tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to Hollywood actress Salma Hayek, pledged 100 million euros (‘86.2 million) towards the rebuilding of the Cathedral.

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Pinault, who married Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek in 2009, is chief executive of Kering, which owns brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent

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