Notre Dame thankfully isn’t experiencing a shortage of funds to help repair damage from the devastating fire a few days ago. At the time of writing, the repair fund has now reached a BILLION euros, and is continuing to grow.
One donation of 100 million euros was pledged by French Billionaire, Francois-Henri Pinault. Another 200 million were pledged by France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault – and 100 million was donated by actress Salma Hayek’s husband.
Other donations for Notre Dame came from various multinational companies, high-profile donors and corporate contributions. Air France is even offering free flights to any experts who can aid in the repair of Notre Dame.
President Emmanuel Macron says that they hope to rebuild Notre Dame in just five years, and with that amount of money in such a short time, it seems incredibly likely that it will happen as planned.
“We will rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it,” said Macron.
He continued, “It is up to us to change this disaster into an opportunity to come together, having deeply reflected on what we have been and what we have to be and become better than we are.”
“It is up to us to find the thread of our national project. Let us not fall into the trap of haste, ” he said as a warning.
However, there are some that believe Macron’s hope to have the Notre Dame rebuilt in just five years isn’t something that could actually come to fruition. They estimate that the project instead could take decades.
Here’s hoping that the experts are wrong and that the Notre Dame can be restored to its natural beauty much sooner than expected.