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One billion dollars promised to rebuild Notre Dame






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People donated over one billion dollars to rebuild Paris' Notre Dame cathedral. The 850-year-old cathedral was badly damaged in a fire. The UNESCO World Heritage site is one of France's most important buildings. Wealthy people from all over the world gave hundreds of millions of dollars to help the cathedral. French president Emmanuel Macron told the nation that he would make sure the rebuilding would be finished within five years. This would be in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics. However, some architects say it could take decades to rebuild the world-famous landmark.

Some of the donors giving money are French billionaires. They include the owners of the luxury brands Louis Vuitton. The French oil company Total is giving 100 million euros. Computer giant Apple will donate an unknown amount. Its CEO said: "We are heartbroken for...those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope....Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame's precious heritage for future generations." However, Many people think the money would be better spent on helping the world's poorer people.

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