This morning greeted us with sad news about the famed and historic Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral being ravaged by a fire. The blaze caused the 850-year old Gothic structure's roof to collapse, shattering the stained glass windows of the church. Thankfully, the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved, as reported by the officials. The unfortunate incident started around midnight, Philippine time.
The cathedral was in the midst of renovations when the fire started, which paved way for the 16 copper statues of saints and precious artworks housed inside to be saved. But following the fire, the cathedral now needs massive reconstructions.
In a Twitter post, French President Emmanuel Macron assures the public, saying, "This Notre-Dame cathedral, we will rebuild it."
In addition to the promise of the French government to rebuild the iconic cathedral, François-Henri Pinault, chairmain and CEO of the Kering Group—which owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen, among many others—made an announcement that his family will donate a hundred million euros to aid the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
"My father (François Pinault) and I have decided to release from Artemis funds a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame," François-Henri Pinault says in a statement.
Shortly after, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy CEO Bernard Arnault also pledged 200 million euros to help in the cathedral's restoration.
LVMH posts on Instagram a statement, "The Arnault family and LVMH, in solidarity after this national tragedy, will participate in the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, a symbol of France, its heritage and its unity."