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Notre Dame fire fundraiser gets £86,000,000 pledge from Pinault family

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French president Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire ravaged the historic landmark – and fundraising has already begun.

French billionaires the Pinault family have reportedly pledged more than €100 million (£86 million) to restore the 800-year-old cathedral, whose spire collapsed amid the flames.

Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, is quoted in the French media as saying he and his father, Francois, had decided to donate the money to help with the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.

epa07509101 The spire collapses while flames are burning the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, 15 April 2019. A fire started in the late afternoon in one of the most visited monuments of the French capital. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

An international fundraising appeal has been launched to help rebuild the Notre Dame (Picture: EPA)

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It is hoped that the majority of the 800-year-old structure can be saved (Picture: Backgrid)

epa07508879 Flames on the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, 15 April 2019. A fire started in the late afternoon in one of the most visited monuments of the French capital. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

A huge fundraising effort is underway to restore the cathedral to its former glory (Picture: EPA)

Firefighters (L and R) work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. - A huge fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral is "under control", the Paris fire brigade said early on April 16 after firefighters spent hours battling the flames. (Photo by Zakaria ABDELKAFI / AFP)ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images

Pictures this morning show the main structure is still standing following the devastating fire (Picture: AFP)

Smoke rises around the alter in front of the cross inside the Notre Dame Cathedral as a fire continues to burn in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool

Pinault pledged £86,000,000 towards the restoration of the cathedral (Picture: Reuters)

The younger Mr Pinault is chief executive of international luxury group Kering, which owns brands such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, and is the president of French holding company Groupe Artemis, which owns the Christies auction house.

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Meanwhile, Frances Fondation du Patrimoine, a private organisation which works to protect French heritage, said it would be starting an international appeal.

It tweeted: For our Lady to be reborn from her ashes we are launching an international appeal. All donations received will be paid in full to the restoration site.

Mr Macron said he would be looking beyond our borders as the fundraising campaign got under way.

The steeple collapses as smoke and flames engulf the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. (Photo by Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

A picture shows the moment that the steeple collapsed yesterday evening (Picture: AFP)
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