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Notre Dame Cathedral: Salma Hayek's French billionaire promises more than $ 100 million to rebuild



Salma Hayek's husband, the French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, promised nearly $ 113 million to rebuild Paris's historic Notre Dame Cathedral after Monday's devastating fire.

On Tuesday, Pinault announced that he will draw nearly $ 113 million in funds from his family's securities company, Artemis, "to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre-Dame," reported the French newspaper Le Figaro .

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Pinault, 56, president and CEO of Kering, a Paris-based luxury group behind brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, married the Mexican and American actress Salma Hayek in Paris 2009, Reported Yahoo News. The couple own a residence near the ruined medieval catholic cathedral from the 20th century.

"So many others I am in deep shock and sadness to witness the beauty of Notre-Dame become smoke. I love you Paris," said Hayek on Instagram, who shares a picture of the cathedral.

Pinault's father, 82-year-old Francois Pinault, is worth $ 37.3 billion, according to Bloomberg's millionaire index. The family's contribution is the first major donation to the reconstruction work after the fire engulfed the historical structure, which led to the collapse of the main spiral of the structure.

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A public fundraiser for the reconstruction work started Tuesday. French President Emmanuel Macron raised a sad crowd on the scene. He promised to build the cathedral for the French people, describing it as "epicenter" of their lives, the New York Post reported.

"That's what our history deserves," Macron said. "It is in the deepest sense of our destiny."


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