Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild the Notre-Dame cathedral within five years after the cathedral was destroyed on Monday evening by a devastating fire.
The French president said in a television broadcast on Tuesday that within a few years the cathedral would be even more beautiful & # 39; would be rebuilt as he urged the French nation to meet & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed within five years, we can do it & # 39 ;, said Macron at a television address for the nation.
Macron spoke to the French nation in a TV address on Tuesday evening to reassure people that the cathedral would be rebuilt within five years
Firefighters unpack the fire on Monday evening while flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral while it burns in Paris
& # 39; It is up to us to turn this disaster into an opportunity to come together, to think deeply about what we have been and what we need to be and become better than we are. It is up to us to find the common thread of our national project. & # 39;
But he also warned: & # 39; Let's not fall in a hurry. & # 39;
Macron said the dramatic fire had produced the best in a country torn apart by division.
& # 39; What we saw in Paris last night was our ability to mobilize and unite, & # 39; said the 41-year-old leader at the solemn address from his office in the presidential palace.
France had seen many cities, harbors, and churches go up in flames in the course of its history, he said.
& # 39; Every time we rebuilt them & he said, adding that the inferno in the cathedral had shown that & # 39; our history never stops and that we will always have to overcome trials & # 39 ;.
Mr. Macron's endeavor to complete the restoration within such a short time was at odds with the estimates of some experts that the project would last for decades.
On Monday, a visibly emotional Macron spoke outside the Gothic cathedral and said that a national fundraising campaign to restore Notre Dame would be launched on Tuesday when he & # 39; s greatest talents & # 39; called on the world to help.
Yesterday, in the immediate aftermath of the eruption, Macron said he would seek help from the international community to rebuild Notre Dame.
Macron said he made the church & # 39; more beautiful than ever & # 39; would like to rebuild and urged the nation to come together on the disaster
Donations for the reconstruction of the Notre Dame cathedral of € 650 million as the richest man in France, Bernard Arnault, promises € 200 million – a doubling of the € 100 million donated by the husband of the husband of Salma Hayek
The donations for the reconstruction of Notre Dame have exceeded 650 million euros because the richest man in France has pledged 200 million euros (£ 170 million) for the restoration after Monday night's inferno.
Bernard Arnault of luxury goods group LVMH doubled the 100 million euros promised by the husband Francois-Henri Pinault of Hollywood actress Salma Hayek.
Other heavyweight donors are the Bettencourt family – owners of cosmetic giant L & O 39 – who gave 200 million euros and the French oil giant Total who donated 100 million on Tuesday.
Pinault, who is in charge of Kering, said: & # 39; This tragedy affects all Frenchmen & # 39; and & # 39; everyone wants to restore life as quickly as possible to this jewel of our heritage & # 39 ;.
Pinault, who married Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek in 2009, is general manager of Kering, which owns brands such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent
This was followed by another 100 million euros donation from the multinational oil and gas company Total, with its headquarters in Paris.
CEO Patrick Pouyanne tweeted that Total & # 39; a special gift of 100 million euros & # 39; earned and added the slogan & # 39; fluctuat nec mergitur & # 39; (thrown but not sunk), a motto on the old coat of arms of Paris.
But in a statement, the LVMH group said their donation would be double.
It said: & # 39; The Arnault family and the LVMH group, in solidarity with this national tragedy, are associated with the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, symbol of France, its heritage and its unity.
& # 39; In the meantime, the LVMH group makes the state and relevant authorities available to all their teams, creatively, architecturally, financially, to help the long work of reconstruction on the one hand and fundraising on the other. & # 39;
Other prominent French donors include the investor Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere with 10 million euros, and building magnates Martin and Olivier Bouygues, also with 10 million euros.
Bernard Arnault and his wife Helene Arnault (left) and Francois-Henri Pinault with wife Salma Hayek (right)
Among other companies, the Credit Agricole bank gave five million euros, while the American private equity investor Henry Kravis has promised $ 10 (€ 8.8) million.
Contributions from companies are expected to increase, with blue-chip companies such as Vinci, Michelin and BNP Paribas also saying that they are considering trade-offs.
Air France said it would offer free flights to experts who were deployed to help with the renovation of Notre Dame.
The French Heritage Foundation has a & # 39; national collection & # 39; on its website. launched.
And Valerie Pecresse, president of the Ile-de-France region, has a budget of € 10 million emergency aid to help the archdiocese start the work & # 39; revealed.
Mrs Pecresse added: "This reconstruction, which will of course be very expensive, will mobilize an entire country."
During the evening in Notre Dame, smoke is seen around the altar. Miraculously, the cross and the altar managed to survive the inferno
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, said she was an & # 39; international conference of donors & # 39; wanted to organize to welcome & # 39; experts who are able to raise funds & # 39 ;.
Specialized craftsmen and rare materials are expected to be needed to restore the monument, which welcomes more than 13 million visitors annually – on average more than 35,000 people a day.
The head of a French timber company told FranceInfo radio that it was ready to deliver the best oak beams that were available to cope with the complicated grating that the now-destroyed roof, known as the & # 39; support.
& # 39; The work will certainly take years, even decades, but it will cost thousands of cubic meters of wood. We will have to find the best specimens with large diameters, & Sylvain Charlois of the Charlois group in Murlin, central France, told the radio station.
The United Nations-based UNESCO Agency of the United Nations has also promised & # 39; on the France side & # 39; to restore the site, which declared it a World Heritage Site in 1991.
& # 39; We are already in contact with experts and are ready to send an urgent mission to evaluate the damage, save what can be saved and develop measures for the short and medium term & # 39 ;, said UNESCO Secretary General Audrey Azoulay in a statement Tuesday.