Salma Hayek's Husband Donates Over $100 Million To Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

Salma Hayek's Husband Donates Over $100 Million To Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

CEO of Kering, which owns multiple luxury brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga has donated $113 million to repair the damages caused by the fire.

Earlier this week the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was burned down due to a fire that broke out accidentally. The Cathedral burned for around eight hours straight, the entire roof collapsed, and a lot of the artwork and architecture has been lost. The two iconic towers, however, have been saved. Actor Salma Hayek's Husband François-Henri Pinault happens to be one of the richest men in all of France. Pinault has pledged to donate $113 million to rebuild the iconic structure. In a statement obtained by French newspaper Le Figaro, François-Henri Pinault, 56, said, “My father (François Pinault) and myself have decided to release a sum of €100 million from our Artemis funds (the family holding company) to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre-Dame,” PEOPLE reported. The country is now looking at international fundraising to help rebuild the fallen landmark. 

Pinault is the chairman and CEO of the Kering group, which owns such brands as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen. France has requested for international funding to rebuild the Cathedral. His was the first major donation to be announced. In the statement, he also said, "This tragedy strikes all the French and beyond all those who are attached to spiritual values. Faced with such a tragedy, everyone wants to revive this jewel of our heritage as quickly as possible."


The 52-year-old actress, Salma Hayek shared a picture of the burning Cathedral on Instagram. She wrote in the caption: As many others I’m in deep shock and sadness to witness the beauty of Notre-Dame turn into smoke. I love you Paris. Comme beaucoup d’autres, c’est avec effroi et tristesse que je regarde la beauté de Norte-Dame partir en fumée… Paris, je t’aime ! #notredame #paris. The actress and businessman have a residence near the Cathedral. Their wedding was also held in France on February 14, 2009, at the City Hall of the Sixth Arrondissement, which is less than a mile away from the historic church.


“The worst has been avoided, but the battle isn’t fully won yet,” French President Emmanuel Macron told crowds in a speech given outside of the church Monday night. He further promised the people that there was no question about rebuilding the Cathedral, it is something that has to be done. “It is with pride I tell you tonight we will rebuild this cathedral . . . we will rebuild Notre Dame because it is what the French expect of us, it is what our history deserves, it is, in the deepest sense, our destiny,” he said, according to PEOPLE.


The fire was first spotted at 6:30 pm, Paris local time. The fire spread fast and engulfed the entire roof, that later came crashing down. The areas around the cathedral were soon evacuated as the firefighters rushed to the scene. It took around eight hours to contain the fire that nearly destroyed the historic church. People who witnessed the fire were left in tears. On Monday, people gathered around the Cathedral to sing 'Ave Maria'. The fire officials made an announcement informing the people that the Cathedral will be "saved and preserved". 


The Notre Dame Cathedral is a big landmark and is known by people across the world. Several movies have also been shot in an around the Cathedral. Although the fire almost took the entire Cathedral away, the firefighters managed to save a good portion of it. They even managed to save some of the artwork that was present in the historic church. At one point, as many as four hundred firefighters were working to put out the blaze, according to the Ministry of the Interior for France. The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into the fire soon after the damage began. 


The incident has upset a lot of people across the world. However, officials suggest that the Cathedral should be rebuilt soon. Celebrities and political figures from across the world have shared their thoughts regarding the horrific incident. Barack Obama tweeted: Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.


Hilary Clinton also tweeted saying: My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose—to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own. I wish France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild. Actor Tom Holland tweeted: The structure of Notre Dame is saved and preserved in its totality. People have appreciated the efforts of all the firefighters involved in saving the historic figure. 


Christiane Amanpour wrote in appreciation of the firefighters and the tireless work they put in. Holding my breath all night... thank God in the gorgeous light of this new day, the Notre Dame fire is finally out, and Our Grand Old Gothic Lady stands tall. A symbol for all people everywhere for 800 years, and more. Giving thanks to those firefighters this Holy Week of Easter. 
As reported by CNBC NBC News, the Vatican released a statement saying that it was praying for all the firefighters and all “those doing everything possible to confront this dramatic situation.” The Vatican further added, “The Holy See has seen with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world."


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