The French billionaire promises 100 million euros to help rebuild Notre Dame when President Macron launches a national fundraising campaign to restore the building to its former glory
- Visibly upset, Macron said outside of Notre Dame that he was planning to rebuild
- Firefighters fought for hours on Monday to stop the fire in the Gothic cathedral
- Billionaire François Henri-Pinault has pledged 100 million euros (£ 86.2 million)
A French billionaire has pledged 100 million euros to help rebuild Notre Dame as a challenging President Macron launches a national fundraising campaign to restore the building to its former glory.
The catastrophic outburst destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Tower, while the shocked Parisians often watched tears and prayer on Monday evening.
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.
He said: & We will appeal to the greatest talents and we will rebuild Notre-Dame, because that is what the French are waiting for, because that is what our history deserves, because it is our deepest destination. & # 39;
French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, married to Hollywood actress Salma Hayek, has pledged 100 million euros (£ 86.2 million) for the reconstruction of the cathedral.
Late on Monday evening, French billionaire François-Henri Pinault promised 100 million euros (£ 86.2 million) for the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, partially destroyed by a devastating fire
Firefighters unpack the fire on Monday evening while flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral while it burns in Paris
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, French President Emmanuel Macron and the Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, replied to reporters about the fire in Paris's Notre Dame.
In a statement, the CEO of the Kering Group, which owns the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent fashion houses, said that the money needed for & # 39; the effort needed to completely rebuild Notre-Dame & # 39; would be paid for by the investment firm Artemis of the Pinault family.
Macron had previously canceled an important television speech he would give on Monday evening to respond to months of protests and instead went to the scene personally.
He said while the & # 39; worst was avoided & # 39; and the facade and two towers saved, & # 39; the coming hours will be difficult & # 39 ;.
Paris Fire Department, Jean-Claude Gallet, said, "We can imagine that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved," as well as the two towers.
During the evening in Notre Dame, smoke is seen around the altar. Strangely enough, the cross and the altar have managed to survive the inferno
Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, who was also present on Monday evening, said that for the first time, & # 39; the fire had declined in intensity & # 39; and yet & # 39; extreme caution & # 39; landed.
The Vatican expressed its & # 39; disbelief & # 39; on Monday and & # 39; sadness & # 39 ;, and expressed & # 39; our solidarity with French Catholics and with the Paris population & # 39 ;.
The cause of the fire was not immediately confirmed. The cathedral underwent intensive restoration work that the fire department said could be connected to the fire.
French prosecutors said it was treated as an & # 39; involuntary & # 39; fire, indicating that cheating was excluded for now.