French Billionaires Pledge €300m To Rebuild Notre Dame -
Two of France’s richest men have pledged €300m (£260m) between them to help rebuild Notre Dame cathedral. Billionaires François-Henri Pinault – husband of Hollywood star Salma Hayek – and Bernard Arnault have said they will give €100m (£86m) and €200m (£173m) respectively after fire ravaged Paris’s landmark mediaeval church on Monday night. Mr Pinault, 56, was the first of the pair to come forward following what newspapers in France are calling a “national tragedy”. The chairman and chief executive of the Kering group, which owns brands such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, is worth an estimated £19bn. He has previously donated money to women’s rights movements and environmental projects. He married Ms Hayek in 2009 and has a child with her. In a statement announcing his financial pledge, he said: “This tragedy strikes all the French and beyond all those who are attached to spiritual values. Faced with such a tragedy, everyone wants to revive this jewel of our heritage as quickly as possible. “My father and I have decided to release… €100m to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.” There is no ads to display, Please add some