Macron Vows Notre Dame Cathedral Will Be Rebuilt 'Within 5 Years'

Francois-Henri Pinault chief executive officer of Kering SA speaks during a news conference

Francois-Henri Pinault chief executive officer of Kering SA speaks during a news conference

"The cathedral ruins are still one of the more popular tourist destinations an Winnipeg and Manitoba".

"My father and myself have chose 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", Pinault said in a statement obtained by French newspaper Le Figaro. Macron is holding a special Cabinet meeting Wednesday dedicated to the Notre Dame disaster, which investigators believe was an accident possibly linked to renovation work.

The impressive organ dates to the 1730s and was constructed by Francois Thierry. Paris Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said pieces of the purported Crown of Christ was salvaged and transported to "a secret" location.

A Paris judicial official, speaking anonymously, said staff checked under the roof after the first alarm and saw nothing - but when the fire was discovered 23 minutes later, after the second alarm, it was already too late to stop the inferno.

"Notre Dame was destroyed but the soul of France was not", Michel Aupetit, archbishop of Paris, said on RMC radio.

Pope Francis is praying for French Catholics and the Parisian population "under the shock of the awful fire" that ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral.

There is also little information on the condition of the cathedral's stained-glass windows and its many paintings.

Funding for the reconstruction of Notre Dame is piling up at a spectacular rate, with two of France's richest families together quickly pledging 300 million euros.

Professor Peter McPhee, a specialist in French history at the University of Melbourne, said he feared "that the sheer heat of that fire may have chemically compromised some of the masonry" in the historic building.

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Energy firm Total promised 100 million euros ($113m), while cosmetics group L'Oreal and the Bettencourt family said they would donate 200 million euros ($226m).

"Again, just so many similarities between the two".

While St. Boniface Cathedral was never restored to its former stature, Carriere also feels the worldwide significance of Notre Dame will ensure it is rebuilt on a similar scale to the burned structure.

Parliament President Antonio Tajani invited European Union lawmakers, meeting in Strasbourg, France, to contribute their day's salary to help finance reconstruction.

England's Queen Elizabeth II said she was "deeply saddened to see the images of the fire which has engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral".

A spokesman for Paris's firefighters said on Tuesday morning, "the entire fire is out". The end of the fire doesnt mean the edifice is totally saved.

A French cultural heritage expert says France no longer has trees big enough to replace ancient wooden beams that burned in the Notre Dame fire. The St. Boniface Cathedral fire was sparked in the attic by one of the workers repairing the roof.

Pledges from French billionaires, businesses and the public sector to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral reached some 700 million euros on Tuesday amid an outpouring of public support for one of Europe's most iconic monuments.

"The task is - now the risk of fire has been put aside - about the building, how the structure will resist", said Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez in front of the cathedral.

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