- A massive fire broke outat Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, destroying the roof, spire, and several other large parts of the church.
- Several people and corporations have pledged to donate money to the cathedral’s rebuilding efforts.
- On Tuesday morning, Apple CEOTim Cooktweeted thatApplewill be one of those companies donating to help rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral.
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The flames that enveloped Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday have been extinguished. Now, the rebuilding effort begins.
Apple, one of the richest and most valuable companies on the planet, has pledged its support to help rebuild Notre Dame. The company’s CEO, Tim Cook, announced Apple’s involvementin a tweeton Tuesday morning:
We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.🇫🇷
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook)April 16, 2019
The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is an iconic building, having been constructed in the 12th century and surviving more than 850 years of existence. After the building suffered devastating damage from the fire, many politicians and public figures paid tribute, including Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Francis, President Donald Trump, and former President Barack Obama.
French President Emmanuel Macron called the Notre-Dame fire a “terrible tragedy,” but promised the French people that they will “rebuild this cathedral together,”according to CNN.
On Tuesday, companies started pledging money to help rebuild the cathedral. So far, more than $600 million has been pledgedfrom companies like L’Oréal, and from individuals like LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, who is the richest person in France and the third-richest person in the world.
It’s unclear how much Apple will donate to assist in the rebuilding efforts, but we’ve reached out to Apple to learn more.