PARIS, France (NBC) – The funding for reconstruction of Notre Dame is piling up. Two of France’s richest families quickly pledge $300 million euros or nearly $340 million dollars.
Businessman Francois-Henri Pinault and his father Francois Pinault said they were immediately giving 100 million euros from their company, Artemis, to help finance repairs to the cathedral devastated by the fire.
A statement from Francois-Henri Pinault said: “This tragedy impacts all french people,” and “everyone wants to restore life as quickly as possible to this jewel of our heritage.”
That donation was then trumped by Bernard Arnault and his luxury goods group LVMH, which pledged 200 million euros.
LVMH called the cathedral a “symbol of france, its heritage and its unity.”