Images of the orange blaze engulfing the roof of France’s iconic Gothic cathedral have swept newsfeeds this week, with many across the world sharing the image in a show of solidarity with the French nation.
When a fire broke out at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, onlookers captured the disaster and the subsequent display of sorrow on photograph and video.
An outpouring of grief and shock ensued, as citizens and stars alike nostalgically reflected on Notre Dame’s longtime status as a symbol of French culture, civilisation and national identity.
Some of the most influential figures in the fashion and beauty industry were quick to make their contribution to the cause.
François-Henri Pinault, husband of former Harper’s BAZAAR Arabia cover star Salma Hayek and CEO of Kering, the luxury group owning Gucci, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Lauren, has pledged over €100 million (around Dhs415 million) to the restoration effort.
Bertrand Arnault, CEO of LVMH, the luxury conglomerate looking after brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior and Celine, contributed over €200 million (around Dhs830 million).
LVMH also pledged its skills and expertise, announcing in a statement, “LVMH Group puts at the disposal of the State and the relevant authorities all its teams – including creative, architectural and financial specialists – to help with the long work of reconstruction and fundraising, which is already in progress.”
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Mobilisation de la famille Arnault et du groupe LVMH pour Notre-Dame « La famille Arnault et le groupe LVMH, solidaires de cette tragédie nationale, s’associent à la reconstruction de cette extraordinaire cathédrale, symbole de la France, de son patrimoine et de son unité. Ils feront un don d’une somme globale de 200 millions d’euros au fonds dédié à la reconstruction de cette œuvre architecturale, qui fait partie de l’Histoire de France. D’ici là, le groupe LVMH met à la disposition de l’Etat et des instances concernées toutes ses équipes, créatives, architecturales, financières, pour aider au long travail de reconstruction d’une part, et de collecte de fonds d’autre part, qui s’annonce. » _ Commitment by the Arnault Family and LVMH Group for Notre-Dame de Paris The Arnault family and the LVMH Group, in solidarity with this national tragedy, are committed to assist with the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, symbol of France, its heritage and its unity. They will donate a total sum of 200 million euros to the fund dedicated to the reconstruction of this architectural work, which is a core part of the French History. In the meantime, the LVMH Group puts at the disposal of the State and the relevant authorities all its teams – including creative, architectural and financial specialists - to help with the long work of reconstruction and fundraising, which is already in progress. _ Credit: Gpesenti, CC BY-SA 3.0 / Picture cropped and turned in N&B _ #notredame #paris #lvmh
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, heiress of L’Oreal, has promised a further €200 million (Dhs830 million), bringing the total donated to around €600 million, or Dhs2.5 billion. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook also took to Twitter to add that the tech company would also lend its support.
We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 16, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron invited donations from the public and made clear his intention to salvage France’s heritage, stating in an address to the nation, “We will rebuild the cathedral of Notre-Dame and make it even more beautiful than before.”
Notre-Dame is aflame. Great emotion for the whole nation. Our thoughts go out to all Catholics and to the French people. Like all of my fellow citizens, I am sad to see this part of us burn tonight. https://t.co/27CrJgJkJb— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019