A large number of wealthy French people have almost stood in line to donate millions to the rebuilding of Notre Dame, which caught fire Monday evening.
The world-renowned cathedral was engulfed in flames and has among other things lost its iconic spire. It will require extensive renovation work to get it rebuilt, as the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, promised on Monday night.
Already now is the collection for the costly task however is impressively well on the way.
the Entire 850 million euros have been collected in less than a week, writes Le Monde. Among other things, have the family Arnault, who among producing luxury goods brands such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Moët & Chandon and Kenzo, as well as the family Bettencourt, who is behind the kosmetikgiganten L'oréal, donated 200 million each.
Intl. well-known - 16. apr. 2019 - at. 08:19 wealthy minority donating 300 million euro
Le Monde has revealed that the amount exceeds what the ten biggest French charities collected together the whole of 2017. The amount is expected to increase to one billion euros within a short time.
The astronomical amount of money has not only aroused joy among the many who want to see the cathedral restored. It has also highlighted the inequalities in the French society, that will become very evident, when there can be so much money in so short a time.
One of them, which has been piqued over the wealthy French families, is the former 'Baywatch'star Pamela Anderson, who has lived in France the past year.
Pamela Anderson reaches out for the French wealthy minority. Photo credit: Shutterstock
'A billion euros to rebuild Notre Dame has already been raised. It was easy. Merci billionaires. I thought that the catholic church had enough money. They thrive in the poor of wishful thinking', she writes on Twitter.
'What about the homeless, running around in the streets and starving'
'This is the proof that the 1 percent is out of tune and not care for others. Just to get their name in the papers - I am sure that it will be hailed. And their donations will not be taxed, and again it will benefit them, while they look like heroes. Life is not fair, it will have to change'