The fire last week at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caused significant damage to the medieval landmark, but now efforts are underway to restore the church.
Some experts have estimated that the restoration will cost over a billion euros, but it remains quite difficult to figure out an exact number. André Finot, the spokesperson of Notre-Dame de Paris, explained in an interview “You can say it’s crazy to have a billion euros but we don’t know. Maybe the cost is two or three billion.”
The amount of money donated has already reached over €900 million, with much of the money coming from wealthy French donors. Two families have each pledged €200 million, while several other businesses and organizations have made large-scale donations. For example, the International Olympic Committee said it planned to donate €500,000.
If you are interested in making a donation for the restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral, there are several officially-sanctioned options:
See also a special webpage on the official government of France website: Let’s Rebuild Together
The fundraising efforts, and the large scale donations, have also sparked a backlash, with some criticizing that so much money is going to the restoration of a historic site instead of more important causes. See these news reports for more details:
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