After the heartbreaking fire the burn parts of the historical church in Paris, French billionaire François-Henri Pinault said that he and his family will donate 100 million euros to help reconstruct the Notre Dame.
The announcement comes after the tragic fire burn the historic structure caused collapsing its spire and causing significant damage.
“My father [François 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 wrote in a statement.
François-Henri Pinault is the chair and CEO of the international luxury group Kering, which includes Gucci and Saint Laurent, and president of the French holding company Groupe Artémis, which owns the fine arts auction house Christie’s.
The French government had already said that they will rebuild the cathedral through its President Emmanuel Macron.
President Macron said he planned to launch a national fundraising campaign to rebuild the centuries-old cathedral.
“We will rebuild,” Macron told reporters. “We will rebuild Notre Dame because this is what the French expect, because this is what our history deserves, because it is our destiny.”
In its more than 800-year history, Notre Dame has undergone extensive and costly reconstruction to repair and restore one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.