Apple Pledges To Donate to Rebuild Notre Dame, Following A Host Of French Firms

United States tech giant Appel Inc. joined a host of French companies to pledge donations to for rebuilding the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris following the severe damage that the historical monument suffered after a devastating fire on Monday night.

This was announced by CEO of Apple Tim Cook in a tweet on Tuesday morning where he pledged his company’s commitment to donate in the efforts of rebuilding and restoration of the Notre Dame.

No additional information was however divulged by Apple about the donation to the media.

Pledge of millions of euros to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris have already been made by some of the largest and most well known companies of France including names such as L’Oreal and luxury groups LVMH and Kering.

While pledging a donation of 100 million euros or $113 million was made by Francois-Henri Pinault, whose holding company Artemis  is the owner of a controlling stake in Kering, 200 million euros was donated ot the cause by Bernard Arnault, chair of LVMH.

Labels such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen are owned by Kering. Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Moet & Chandon champagne are among the star brands owned by LVMH.

“This tragedy is striking all the French people, and beyond that, all those attached to spiritual values. Faced with this tragedy, everyone wishes to give life back to this jewel of our heritage as soon as possible,” Pinault, chair of Artemis said in a statement.

On the other hand, according to a Reuters report, a donation of 200 million euros was pledged by the cosmetics giant L’Oreal along with its majority shareholder – the Bettencourt Meyers family and the Bettencourt Schueller foundation.

Reuters reported that the CEO of French energy company Total, Patrick Pouyanne, said that the company would be making a donation of 100 million euros for the restoration project. On the other hand, a pledge of giving 1 million euros for the cause was mad e in an online statement by consulting firm Capgemini.

Help was also pledged by Air France and Air France-KLM. “All Air France and Air France-KLM teams around the world have been deeply affected and saddened since yesterday,” the companies said in a joint statement.

This is the reason that free transport for all official partners involved in reconstructing the famed cathedral would be provided by the airlines, said Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, Anne-Marie Couderc, chairman of Air France-KLM, and Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France. Additionally, a voluntary donations fund aimed at its customers for aiding the efforts of reconstruction and restoration would also be set up by the Air France-KLM group.

Assistance by the creative, architectural and financial experts from LVMH would also be given to the French authorities for the reconstruction process, the company also said.

“The Arnault family and the LVMH Group, in solidarity with this national tragedy, are committed to assist with the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, symbol of France, its heritage and its unity,” LVMH said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.

(Adapted from CNBC.com)

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