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Richest Man In France pledges €200million to repair Notre Dame

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Following the fire that razed down the iconic building, France President Emmauel Macron  spoke outside the gothic catheral,he appealed to well meaning citizen to come forward to rebuild the catheral.

 French businessmen and other donors came after a visibly emotional French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on rebuilding the catheral.

France’s richest man Bernard Arnault has pledged €200million to repair Notre Dame.

Prior to his donation, Francois-Henri Pinault and his family offered €100million.

 Mr Arnault, automatically became the biggest donor with his donation of  €200million.he is the  head of the LVMH luxury goods group kering which owns brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci.his immerse contribution will go a long way to rebuilding the historic landmark

 In a statement, the LVMH group  owned by the french billionaire said their donation would be double that of Francois-Henri Pinault whichs stands at 100 million euros.

It said: ‘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.

“In the meantime, the LVMH Group puts at the disposal of the state and the concerned authorities all its teams, creative, architectural, financial, to help the long work of reconstruction on the one hand, and of fundraising on the other hand.”

France’s Heritage Foundation has launched a ‘national collection’ on its website.

Valerie Pecresse, president of the Ile-de-France region,says a total of 10 million euros have been budgeted as emergency aid to help kick start the work.

She further commented on the issue,saying: ‘This reconstruction, which will obviously be very expensive, will mobilise a whole country.”

The cause of the fire can not be  immediately ascertained.

The cathedral had been undergoing intense restoration work prior to the inferno, which the fire service attributed to the cause of the fire.

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