One of the most important and celebrated monuments of the French capital, Notre-Dame de Paris is among the most celebrated cathedrals in Europe. The iconic cathedral was engulfed in a blaze of fire on Monday that damaged much of the structure and caused its iconic spire to fall. According to the Associated Press, the fire brigade team told local media that the fire could be linked to a renovation project on the church’s spire. The fire blazed for nearly eight hours before the firefighters were able to douse it and save its two iconic rectangular towers and many of its precious relics, including the ‘Crown of Thorns’.
Paris police said the fire had been brought under control and it did not spread to the northern belfry tower, and Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told AP the church’s structure had been saved.
Speaking about the fire, French President, Emmanual Macron said, “The worst has been avoided, but the battle isn’t fully won yet.” He also said that the nation plans to start a fundraising campaign to raise money for the renovation process.
Well, he didn’t have to wait long as billionaire as François-Henri Pinault has pledged more than 100 million euros to rebuild the cathedral. According to AFP, Pinault plans to provide the money through his family’s investment firm, Artemis and he hopes that the money will help the church officials to completely rebuild Notre Dame.
Pinault is the proud owner of the French luxury group Kering, which takes care of the luxury fashion brands Gucci and Saint Laurent, among others. It seems very few people know Pinault’s love for computer science and his stint at Hewlett Packard as a software developer. He also helped his students Eric Fischmeister and Gilles Venturi to start a new company called the Soft Company.