Donations for Notre-Dame
:Just under 700 million euros not yet paid
Around 850 million euros donors have promised to rebuild the Paris Cathedral Notre-Dame – but two months after the devastating fire, the reality is different: So far only 80 million euros have been paid, so not even ten percent of the promised amount. This was announced by France’s Minister of Culture Franck Riester on Friday the television station France 2.
The money comes, according to Riester, mainly from private individuals who have donated to the four foundations donated. In contrast, the major donors have not yet paid – among them the French billionaire families Arnault and Pinault, who have promised 200 and 100 million euros.
France’s Minister of Culture is calm
This is “normal,” said Riester. “The donations will flow gradually as the construction progresses,” he said. At present, arrangements were made with the major donors. According to the Ministry, these require detailed information about what their money should be used for. Riester again appealed to the “generosity” of all donors.
According to the Minister of Culture, about 350,000 donors have pledged money in total – including German private individuals and companies, as North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet emphasized on Friday in Paris. He called this after a tour with chief architect Philippe Villeneuve a “strong signal of solidarity”.
Renovation is a “project all over Europe”
“I am deeply affected by the damage and at the same time deeply impressed by the energy with which the French are tackling the reconstruction,” he continued. Laschet is authorized representative for Franco-German cooperation. But the renovation is a “project all over Europe,” said the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister.
Notre-Dame was a common place of German-French and European history. During the fire in mid-April, the roof and the spire of the gothic cathedral had been destroyed. Since then, the work to safeguard Notre-Dame continues. On Saturday, the Parisian archbishop Michel Aupetit celebrates its first mass again in the church. For safety reasons, only about 30 guests are invited. (Afp)