A devastating fire completely collapsed the roof of the iconic 850-year-old Cathedral known as the Notre Dame on Monday.
According to reports, firefighters were able to save the main structure, including the bell towers.
The Independent reported that President Macron called the fire a ‘terrible tragedy’ and the cause is not yet known, yet officials think it’s linked to renovation work that began after cracks appeared in the stone, and that it was most probably an accident.
Soon after that reports claimed that French billionaires pledged to donate towards the building being rebuilt.
According to CNN the largest donation announced on Tuesday was from LVMH Group (LVMHF), which owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy. The company and the family of CEO Bernard Arnault promised €200 million (Over R3 billion).
“In the wake of this national tragedy, the Arnault family and the LVMH Group pledge their support for #NotreDame. They will donate a total of 200 million euros to the fund for reconstruction of this architectural work, which is an integral part of the history of France.” pic.twitter.com/utvJT8xJht
— LVMH (@LVMH) April 16, 2019
Billionaires and private donors (world wide) have pledged hundreds of millions of euros to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after it was devastated by a huge fire.
The #NotreDame Cathedral in France was built in year 1163
It is among the most iconic buildings in France pic.twitter.com/VmM1CHW4hB
— Kat Vianney (@KatVianney) April 16, 2019
Kering chief François-Henri Pinault pledges €100m to rebuild Notre Dame. The chairman & CEO of the Paris-based luxury fashion group will be making the donation via his family’s investment firm Artemis #notredame https://t.co/DA9oqLh2Ww pic.twitter.com/DauCbTodV5
— TheIndustry.fashion (@theindustryfash) April 16, 2019
During and even after the horrific blaze, people began sharing their memories of the iconic building that most describe as the ‘symbol of a country’.
“You can claim that you haven’t a qualm
But you never can run from
Nor hide what you’ve done from the eyes
The very eyes of Notre Dame”
— Schwarze Mond (@MondSchwarze) April 16, 2019
My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Praying for everyone’s safety.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 15, 2019
I hate people who don’t like someone’s religion
Today, I quarreled with a man who was glad to see the fire of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. I do not understand these people, my heart contracts with pain at the sight of this.
— Alisia North (@AlisiaSever) April 16, 2019
#NotreDameCathedral Through disaster comes light & hope. For centuries Notre Dame has been a place of pilgrimage & prayer,Catholics are people of faith,hope & love we pray for all who mourn the devastating fire #NotreDameCathedral #NotreDameFire #Remember0416 pic.twitter.com/uYxSr8Q5Ib
— mohamed abdellah (@Echaeri_Emma) April 16, 2019
Like so many across the world, the fire at #NotreDame remains on my mind. Kudos to the firefighters & first responders who put themselves in danger to save this piece of history. pic.twitter.com/5S1noZDCMp
— Mary Jose (@Jose32293085) April 16, 2019
Like so many across the world, the fire at #NotreDame remains on my mind. Thank you to the firefighters & first responders who put themselves in danger to save this piece of history. pic.twitter.com/mCaQFkVZ36
— Todd Lane (@TM_Lane) April 16, 2019