$1bn raised to rebuild Paris' Notre Dame after fire

2019-04-17 13:30
The steeple and spire of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris. (Geoffroy van der Hasselt, AFP)

The steeple and spire of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris. (Geoffroy van der Hasselt, AFP)

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Nearly $1bn has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after a massive fire.

Construction teams brought in a huge crane and a delivery of planks of wood to the site on Wednesday morning.

French President Emmanuel Macron ratcheted up the pressure by setting a five-year deadline to restore the 12th-century landmark. Macron is holding a special Cabinet meeting on Wednesday dedicated to the Notre Dame disaster.

Presidential cultural heritage envoy Stephane Bern told broadcaster France-Info on Wednesday that 880 million euros ($995m) has been raised so far. Contributors include Apple and magnates who own L'Oreal, Chanel and Dior, as well as Catholics and others from around France and the world.

Authorities consider the fire an accident.

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