April 16, 2019 / 3:01 PM / 4 months ago

Factbox: Donors pledge nearly 900 million euros to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral

PARIS (Reuters) - Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral went up in flames on Monday , a blaze that devastated the landmark, destroying its wood-beamed roof and collapsing the iconic spire, a searing loss for Paris and France.

Smoke rises from the burning roof at the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the Gothic masterpiece within five years, and less than 48 hours since the fire began, tycoons, companies, local authorities and individuals have stepped forward with large donations.

Stephane Bern, who is in charge of overseeing the funds raised, said the total was approaching 900 million euros.

Here are the main pledges made so far:

LVMH

French billionaire businessman Bernard Arnault’s family and his LVMH luxury goods group said they would donate 200 million euros to help repair the cathedral.

KERING

Francois Henri Pinault, who heads the Kering luxury goods company, pledged 100 million euros through his Artemis holding.

L’OREAL

French luxury and cosmetics group L’Oreal, along with the Bettencourt Meyer family and the Bettencourt Schueller foundation, will donate 200 million euros in total.

AIR FRANCE-KLM

Air France offered free transportation for all official participants in Notre-Dame reconstruction.

TOTAL

French oil company Total said it will donate 100 million euros.

AXA

French insurer Axa pledged 10 million euros.

BNP

French bank BNP pledged 20 million euros.

FIMALAC

Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere pledged 10 million euros.

VINCI

Construction group Vinci called on all building companies in France to join forces to repair the cathedral in an “industry-wide skills sponsorship drive”.

BOUYGUES

Martin Bouygues and his brother Olivier, who oversee a telecoms to construction conglomerate, pledged to donate 10 million euros. Bouygues group separately said it was ready to join the “skills sponsorship” drive.

SAINT-GOBAIN

French construction materials group Saint-Gobain said it is ready to provide its expertise for the renovation, notably of the stained-glass windows.

CAISSE DES DEPOTS

CEO Eric Lombard said the state-controlled bank will offer oak trees to rebuild the wood framework of the cathedral.

JCDECAUX

French outdoor advertising group pledged 20 million euros.

SOCIETE GENERALE

Societe Generate bank pledged 10 million euros.

CASINO

The French retailer said its Franprix and Monoprix stores would implement price-rounding operations to support foundations helping with repairs.

APPLE

CEO Tim Cook said on Twitter Apple would donate an unspecified sum to rebuilding efforts.

WALT DISNEY COMPANY

Robert Iger, the chairman and chief executive of Disney, said the entertainment company was donating $5 million.

CITY OF PARIS

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the city would donate 50 million euros.

ILE-DE-FRANCE AUTHORITY

Valerie Pecresse, head of the Ile de France regional authority that includes Paris, pledged 10 million euros.

AUVERGNE-RHONE ALPES REGION

Local government said it would donate 2 million euros.

EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

The central bank said it would make a donation but did not specify the amount.

CAP GEMINI

IT services group said it would donate 1 million euros.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Luke Baker, Peter Graff and Toby Chopra

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