French Billionaire Pledges €100 Million To Rebuild Notre Dame


A French billionaire has pledged to donate 100 million euros to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after the historic building was engulfed in a fire Monday.

François-Henri Pinault, who owns the French luxury group Kering, made the pledge to AFP. Kering owns luxury fashion brands including Gucci and Saint Laurent.

“My father [François Pinault] and I have decided to release as of now from the funds of Artemis a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame,” Pinault said in a statement, according to BuzzFeed News.

Monday’s massive blaze destroyed much of the cathedral, including its spire and stained-glass windows.

Read more at The Hill.



  1. The world is in shock at the burning down ofcthe Notre Dame Cathederal in Paris. The מהר”ם מרוטנבורג authored a קינה that we say on תשעה באב. The קינה begins שאלי שרופה באש and he composed this קינה after the burning of the talmud in the mid 1200’s in Paris right in front of the Notre Dame. In the קינה he writes ולכן אשרי שישלם לך גמוליך, צורי בלפיד ואש, הלבעבור זה נתנך כי באחריתך תלהט אש בשוליך. Seems like today it was fulfilled ….

    The piyut we all sing at the beginning of the Seder קדש ורחץ כרפס יחץ ….״” was written by ר’ שמואל מפלייזא who was one of those murdered in the bloody disputation at the Notre Dame wherein they burned four of the בעלי התוספות and the ש״ס.


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