French billionaire pledges 100 million euros to help rebuild Notre Dame ...

Salma Hayek's French billionaire husband pledges 100 million euros to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral as President Macron launches a national fundraising campaign to restore the building to its former glory Visibly upset Macron said outside the Notre Dame he was planning to rebuild Firefighters battled for hours on Monday to stop the blaze at the gothic cathedral Billionaire Francois Henri-Pinault has pledged 100 million euros (£86.2 million)

By Joe Middleton For Mailonline and Afp

Published: 01:28 BST, 16 April 2019 | Updated: 06:53 BST, 16 April 2019

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The billionaire husband of Salma Hayek has pledged 100 million euros to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after a catastrophic blaze destroyed its roof.

French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault made the announcement just hours after a huge fire took place of the 850-year-old landmark in the heart of Paris yesterday.

Pinault, who married Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek in 2009, is chief executive of Kering, which owns brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

It came after a visibly emotional French President Emmanuel Macron spoke outside the gothic cathedral and said a national fundraising campaign to restore Notre Dame would be launched Tuesday, as he called on the world's 'greatest talents' to help.  

He said while the 'worst had been avoided' and the facade and two towers saved, 'the next hours will be difficult'.

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