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Notre Dame fund reaches €1,000,000,000,000 in two days

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The fund to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral has already reached a billion euros.

Stephane Bern, the TV personality who helped launch the appeal for donations by saying Notre Dame was a close friend who almost disappeared said on Wednesday morning: The billion-euro mark of donations was reached during the day.

In this image made available on Tuesday April 16, 2019 flames and smoke rise from the blaze as the spire starts to topple on Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thierry Mallet)

The cathedral spire toppled on Monday evening (Picture: AP)

epa07508879 Flames on the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, 15 April 2019. A fire started in the late afternoon in one of the most visited monuments of the French capital. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Flames on the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris (Picture: EPA)

Debris are seen inside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Firefighters declared success Tuesday in a more than 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers and the purported Crown of Christ. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP)

Debris seen inside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris yesterday (Picture: AP)

French multinational companies are among those who have pledged money to restore the medieval cathedral, which was engulfed by flames on Monday following a likely accident in its loft.

LOreal promised 200 million euros (£172.7m) on Tuesday, while the LVMH luxury goods group run by Bernard Arnault, the richest man in France, has pledged the same.

Multi-billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault and oil company Total have also pledged 100 million euros (£87m) each.

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President Emmanuel Macron has claimed that the cathedral will be restored to its former glory within five years, ready for the Paris Olympics in 2024.

It came as the iconic rose windows were confirmed as being in good shape after the fire, although their support structures are at risk.

ABACA Press via Press Association Images. EMBARGOED FOR WEB AND APPS IN FRANCE UNTIL MAY 1, 2019 - This general view shows the undamaged organ inside the Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. French President Emmanuel Macron vowed on April 16 to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral "within five years", after a fire which caused major damage to the 850-year-old Paris landmark. Photo by Amaury Blin/ABACAPRESS.COM

The rose windows escaped the blaze (Picture: PA)

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The fire burning on Monday night (Picture: AP)

Fire brigade spokesman Gabriel Plus told reporters that the rose windows are in good condition but that there is a risRead More – Source

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