LVMH donates €200m to help repair Notre-Dame

French luxury goods company LVMH has pledged €200 million (US$226m) to help rebuild the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after a major fire tore through the famous monument yesterday evening (15 April).

The fire at the medieval Catholic cathedral began at 6.30pm CEST, quickly reaching the roof of the cathedral and destroying the spire.

Firefighters managed to save the 850-year-old building’s main structure, with the fire fully extinguished this morning (16 April). The cause of the fire is not yet known.

In a statement, Bernard Arnault’s family and its company, LVMH, owner of brands such as Belvedere vodka and Hennessy Cognac, said “they are committed to assist with the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, symbol of France, its heritage and its unity”.

The funds will be used to help reconstruct the cathedral, one of France’s most famous landmarks.

The Paris-headquartered firm said: “In the meantime, the LVMH group puts at the disposal of the state and the relevant authorities all its teams – including creative, architectural and financial specialists – to help with the long work of reconstruction and fundraising, which is already in progress.”

French president Emmanuel Macron also announced he will launch a fundraising campaign to rebuild the landmark.

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