Donors pledge over 700 million euros to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral

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April 17, 2019 03:26
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Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral went up in flames on Monday evening, a blaze that devastated the landmark, destroying its wooden-beamed roof and collapsing the iconic spire in a searing loss for Paris and France.

President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild the Gothic masterpiece, and within the first 24 hours after the fire began, tycoons, companies and local authorities stepped forward with large donations. Here are the main pledges made so far:

LVMH



French billionaire businessman Bernard Arnault's family and his LVMH luxury goods group said they would donate 200 million euros to help repair the cathedral.



KERING



Francois Henri Pinault, who heads the Kering luxury goods company, pledged 100 million euros through his Artemis holding.



L'OREAL



French luxury and cosmetics group L'Oreal, along with the Bettencourt Meyer family and the Bettencourt Schueller foundation, will donate 200 million euros in total.



AIR FRANCE-KLM



Air France offered free transportation for all official participants in Notre-Dame reconstruction.



TOTAL



French oil company Total said it will donate 100 million euros.



AXA



French insurer Axa pledged 10 million euros.



BNP



French bank BNP pledged 20 million euros.



FIMALAC



Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere, head of the group that runs ratings agency Fitch, pledged 10 million euros.



VINCI



Construction group Vinci called on all building companies in France to join forces to repair the cathedral in an "industry-wide skills sponsorship drive."



BOUYGUES



Martin Bouygues and his brother Olivier, who oversee a telecoms to construction conglomerate, pledged to donate 10 million euros. Bouygues group separately said it was ready to join the "skills sponsorship" drive.



SAINT-GOBAIN



French construction materials group Saint-Gobain said it is ready to provide its expertise for the renovation, notably of the stained-glass windows.



CAISSE DES DEPOTS



CEO Eric Lombard said the state-controlled bank will offer oak trees to rebuild the wood framework of the cathedral.



JCDECAUX



French outdoor advertising group pledged 20 million euros.



SOCIETE GENERALE



Societe Generate bank pledged 10 million euros.



CASINO



The French retailer said its Franprix and Monoprix stores would implement price-rounding operations to support foundations helping with repairs.



APPLE



CEO Tim Cook said on Twitter Apple would donate an unspecified sum to rebuilding efforts.



CITY OF PARIS



Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the city would donate 50 million euros.



ILE-DE-FRANCE AUTHORITY



Valerie Pecresse, head of the Ile de France regional authority that includes Paris, pledged 10 million euros.



AUVERGNE-RHONE ALPES REGION



Local government said it would donate 2 million euros.



EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK



The bank said it would donate 9 million euros.



CAP GEMINI



IT services group said it would donate 1 million euros.

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