Donors pledge 700 mn euros to rebuild Notre-Dame

Donors pledge 700 mn euros to rebuild Notre-Dame

Pinault and his family were #30 on this year's Forbes Rich List, with a current estimated net worth of $35 billion United States dollars.

She now wants to track down the mystery man to share the playful image taken during the final moments of the cathedral's doomed spire.

As a devastating fire tore through the revered Gothic cathedral on Monday, toppling its spire, many feared these treasures might be lost forever.

Some of the world's most priceless relics were saved as the inferno rage last night when firefighters formed a human chain inside the fire ravaged building. "The task is - now the risk of fire has been put aside - about the building, how the structure will resist", he added.

"Notre-Dame of Paris is in flames". The cathedral has moved people of faith but also inspired non-believers, all finding wonder in the light filtered through stained-glass rose windows and a reward for making it to the top of the stairs.

But the fire inflicted "colossal damages" on the famous cathedral, Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said.

The New York-based French Heritage Society and the Go Fund Me crowdsourcing platform were among the first to offer help for a cathedral that is a must-see destination for visitors to Paris from all over the world. "It's part of our collective identity, and now we're suffering a common grief", she told the Wall Street Journal. "Our friendship and prayers to @Eglisecatho, and especially to Mgr Aupetit", the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, tweeted, addressing the Bishops' Conference of France, and the archbishop of Paris Monsignor Michel Aupetit.

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The head of a French lumber company told FranceInfo radio that it was ready to offer the best oak beams available to rebuild the intricate lattice that supported the now-destroyed roof, known as the "Forest".

French President Emmanuel Macron said the worst has been avoided, but warned the fire would likely continue to burn for several days, saying: "The battle is not yet totally won".

Yet many details, such as possible water damage from the operation to save the building, are still unclear. Technology consulting firm Capgemini SE pledged 1 million euros.

Poland, the Czech Republic and Greece were among those offering to send experts from their own restoration projects, while major French businesses pledged financial assistance.

A tourist who took a picture of a man with a little girl in front of Notre Dame cathedral just before it caught fire has launched a bid on social media to track him down. Many have been burnt due to revolutions, wars, due to mankind's mistakes.

Some gripes emerged on social media over the huge fiscal deductions companies in both France and the U.S. would be eligible for, with commentators saying taxpayers would be footing much of the final bill. But even masonry that survived the fire may be terribly damaged.

Associated Press writers Angela Charlton, John Leicester, Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley in Paris, Nicole Winfield in Rome and Colleen Barry in Milan contributed.