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Nearly $1 billion raised to rebuild Paris' Notre Dame after fire

Published: April 17, 2019 15:06:34 | Updated: April 19, 2019 14:51:12


Nearly 1.0 billion US dollar has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire.

Construction teams brought in a huge crane and a delivery of planks of wood to the site Wednesday morning, reports AP.

French President Emmanuel Macron ratcheted up the pressure by setting a five-year deadline to restore the 12th-century landmark.

Macron is holding a special Cabinet meeting on Wednesday dedicated to the disaster.

Presidential cultural heritage envoy Stephane Bern said that 880 million euros ($995 million) has been raised so far.

Contributors include Apple and magnates who own L'Oreal, Chanel and Dior, as well as Catholics and others from around France and the world, he said.

Authorities consider the fire an accident.

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