People have donated over one billion dollars to help rebuild Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. 850-year-old cathedral was badly damaged in fire on Monday. The UNESCO World Heritage site is one of most important cultural buildings in France. Wealthy people from all over France and around world have given hundreds of millions of dollars to help restore cathedral to its former glory. French president Emmanuel Macron told nation in televised address that he would make sure the reconstruction would be finished within five years. This would be in time for opening of the Paris Olympics in 2024. However, architects say it could take decades to rebuild world-famous landmark.
Some of donors that are handing over cash are French billionaires. They include the owners of luxury brand Louis Vuitton and the cosmetics company L'Oreal. French oil company Total is also pledging 100 million euros. Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted that his company would donate unspecified amount. He said: "We are heartbroken for French people and those around world for whom Notre Dame is symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame's precious heritage for future generations." However, many people are asking whether money would be better spent on helping world's poor.