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One billion dollars promised to rebuild Notre Dame






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People gave one billion dollars to rebuild Paris' 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral. It was badly damaged in a fire. It is one of France's most important buildings. People from all over the world gave hundreds of millions of dollars to help. French president Emmanuel Macron said he would make sure the rebuilding would be finished within five years, in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Some architects say it could take 20 years or more.

Some of the people giving money are French billionaires, like the owner of Louis Vuitton. Computer giant Apple is giving money. It said: "We are heartbroken for...those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope....Apple will be donating to...help restore Notre Dame's precious heritage for future generations." Many people think the money would be better spent on helping the world's poorer people.

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