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French Billionaire To Pledge $100 Million To Restore Notre Dame Cathedral

CEO of French-based luxury group, Kering, has pledged over $110 million for the restoration of the Notre Dame cathedral. François-Henri Pinault runs the brands Gucci, Balenciaga, and Yves Saint Laurent, and the fashion world giant is determined to bring back an important aspect of French history and culture.

Yesterday, the world watched in horror as flames engulfed the iconic cathedral. As the spire fell, people mourned the loss of centuries of history and culture. Dating all the way back to 1163, the cathedral was home to many priceless art, artifacts, and relics, so seeing the church go up in flames was like watching history burn. While authorities were able to save a significant amount of these items, much of the cathedral’s iconic features were lost to the fire.

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Thankfully, many French citizens are willing to give financial aid to support the restoration efforts of the cathedral. François-Henri Pinault has pledged 100 million euros to help church officials “completely rebuild” Notre Dame, as the president, Emmanuel Macron, has vowed to do. With the help of everyone who loves and appreciates French culture and history, the cathedral will surely be restored to its former glory.

There are a lot of complications, however, when it comes to restoring the cathedral. For instance, experts believe that France no longer has trees large enough to replace the wooden beams of the ceiling. This means that the roof will probably not be constructed exactly as it once was. Some of the art was also carved into the building itself, so many reconstruction projects will have to focus on imitating historic masterpieces.

As the fire was put out after 12 hours of fighting, authorities are finally assessing the damage, accounting for relics and art, and investigating possible causes. The two 69-meter bell towers remain intact, but the roof and the spire are completely destroyed. Employees and investigators, however, need to wait another 48 hours to ensure that the building is safe enough to be in to inspect it thoroughly. All the art that was saved will be transferred to the Louvre Museum, and the artifacts were moved to the city town hall.

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