Disney, Apple and Other Companies and Businessmen Who Donated Millions To Restore Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Wealthy French families and some world-famous companies have pledged enormous donations to rebuild Paris’s damaged Notre-Dame cathedral after a devastated large parts of the cathedral, including its iconic spire. 

Nexter.org has made a list of donations which give us hope for the soon rebuilding of the historic cathedral.

What do we need to know about reconstruction?

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French President Emmanuel Macron set an ambitious five-year timeline for the reconstruction of Paris’s famed Notre-Dame Cathedral. But architects and experts disagree about the feasibility of this plan.

“Rebuilding within five years? That’s political speak – just PR,” medieval historian Mickaël Wilmart told FRANCE 24. “The Olympics are in five years. The goal is to restore Paris’s image before then.”

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Before construction begins, the stones of the vaulted ceiling and rose windows will need to be evaluated. Thermal shock from the intense heat of the followed by cold water could cause the stone to crack or decay. If so, the whole vault may need to be torn down and rebuilt.

Guerrande worked on a 17th-century building that had been devastated by – “We needed two years just for initial conservation measures, to monitor and dry the structure.”

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Bertrand de Feydeau, vice-president of the Fondation du Patrimoine which protects France’s cultural heritage, told France Info radio the restoration work will have to use new technology to rebuild the roof. He said that France no longer has trees of the size that were harvested from primeval forests in the 12th and 13th centuries.

The French businessman François-Henri Pinault and his wife Salma Hayek

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The husband of Salma Hayek is pledging $113 million to rebuild the iconic Paris cathedral.

Pinault is the current CEO of Kering, which owns luxury brands, including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga.

 

The Arnault family

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The Arnault family and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, led by Bernard Arnault, the richest man in France, announced that they would give €200 million.

LVMH is the largest luxury group in the world. Its fashion holdings include Celine, Dior, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. The group also owns drinks brands including Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot, as well as the landmark Parisian stores Le Bon Marché and La Samaritaine.

L’Oreal

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The French cosmetics company L’Oreal pledged €200 million ($226 million) along with the Bettencourt-Schueller foundation and the Bettencourt Meyers family, which founded both organizations.

 

Disney

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Disney (DIS) is joining the efforts to help restore Notre Dame. Disney is donating $5 million in aid to help rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral after a severely damaged it this week, the company announced Wednesday.

Disney has a connection to Notre Dame. It made an animated film of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” in 1996.

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A drawing of Disney’s cartoon version of “Hunchback” protagonist Quasimodo embracing Notre Dame went viral on social media following the earlier this week.

 

Apple 

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On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted that the company will make a donation to restore the cathedral. He didn’t elaborate on how much Apple (AAPL) is planning to donate.

 

French oil and gas company Total

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Patrick Poyanné, CEO of French energy company Total, said his firm would donate €100 million (about $113 million) for reconstruction efforts.

 

Crowdfunding

Another campaign, on crowdfunding site dartagnans.fr under the title “Notre-Dame de Paris, Je T’aime!” (Notre-Dame de Paris, I love you!) has raised some €54,000 ($61,000).


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Wealthy French families and some world-famous companies have pledged enormous donations to rebuild Paris’s damaged Notre-Dame cathedral after a fire devastated large parts of the cathedral, including its iconic spire.  Nexter.org has made a list of donations which give us hope for the soon rebuilding of the historic cathedral.
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