SALT LAKE CITY — Millions of dollars have been pledged to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after a massive fire topped the building’s spire and partially destroyed the monument.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the country would rebuilding the historic building.
“We will rebuild Notre-Dame,” he said. “Because that is what the French expect.”
Two businessmen in France said they’d donate €300 million ($339 million) by early Tuesday to begin the rebuild, BBC News reports.
In fact, French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, the chairman and CEO of Kering, pledged $113 million on his own, according to a released statement, The Guardian reported.
And the family of Bernard Arnault, who owns the luxury goods group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said the plan is to donate $226 million, according to Agence-France Presse.
People from around the globe have donated to the cause as well, according to BBC News.
Investigators will begin looking into why the fire began on Monday afternoon. The cathedral, which corrals 13 million visitors every year and close to 30,000 per day, was undergoing a renovation project at the time, CBS News reports.