Gucci Billionaire Offers €100 Million To Rebuild Notre Dame

16th April 2019

Francois-Henri Pinault is chief executive of international luxury group Kering, which owns brands such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

Actress Salma Hayek's billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault and his family have pledged nearly €100 million to help restore Notre Dame cathedral after it was devastated by fire.

Two-thirds of the 850-year-old cathedral’s roof was destroyed and its iconic spire collapsed after a devastating fire ripped through it.

Mr Pinault is quoted in the French media as saying he and his father, Francois, had decided to donate the money to help with the "complete reconstruction" of Notre Dame.

Francois-Henri Pinault is chief executive of international luxury group Kering, which owns brands such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

He is also the president of French holding company Groupe Artemis, which owns the Christie's auction house.

The Pinault pledge came just hours after French President Emmanuel Macron launched an international fundraiser and vowed "we will rebuild" Notre Dame.

Mr Macron said he would be looking "beyond our borders" as the fundraising campaign got under way.

"I am solemnly telling you tonight: this cathedral will be rebuilt by all of us together," Mr Macron said on Monday night.

Describing Notre Dame as "our history" and "the epicentre of our lives", he added: "It's probably part of France's destiny and it will be our project for the years to come."

Meanwhile, first images have started to emerge of the damage inside the cathedral. Authorities said early Tuesday that the fire was now controlled and the iconic bell towers at the front appeared to be safe, and most of the well-known vaults had survived the blaze.


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