Hundreds of millions pledged to rebuild ravaged Notre Dame cathedral

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He announced a worldwide fundraising campaign that will raise money for the cathedral's restoration.

"I can say for the moment that local firefighters are linked with the church, whether it's a big church or a small church", he said.

The jerseys will then be auctioned off with profits given to the rebuilding efforts of the 850-year-old Parisian monument after its spire and roof collapsed on Monday in a spectacular blaze. A cause has not been determined, but the building had been under renovation.

"Nothing indicates this was a deliberate act", Heitz told reporters, adding that 50 investigators had been assigned to what he expected to be a "long and complex" case.

The pope said Wednesday that "I take this opportunity to express to the Paris diocesan community, all Parisians and the entire French population my great affection and my closeness after the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral".

The Paris cathedral was half an hour from collapsing when it was saved by firefighters, The Times reports.

Almost 400 firefighters fought the blaze for more than nine hours, the department said.

A firefighter suffered injuries during the blaze, which at one point threatened to bring down one of the two monumental towers on the western facade of the cathedral that is visited by 13 million tourists each year. She said the items "will be quickly transferred to national museums".

"Notre Dame inferno stuns", Lebanon's Daily Star said on its front page.

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As of Tuesday morning, it had raised $237,857.

It was followed on Tuesday by a 200-million-euro pledge from Kering's rival luxury conglomerate LVMH and the family of its founder Bernard Arnault, France's richest person.

Businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to Salma Hayek, and his billionaire father Francois Pinault also said they were immediately giving 100 million euros from their company, Artemis, to help finance repairs. The company could also provide 3D mapping engineers that have been working on improving the Apple Maps platform since its launch several years ago.

The rooster has served as a "spiritual lightning" rod for Notre Dame, according to the cathedral's website.

As Notre Dame burned, words of grief poured in from around the globe and from world leaders.

When she and her friends walked away toward the Louvre they started to see the smoke coming from Notre Dame.

Mr Stephen Bern, who has served as an adviser on France's monuments to President Emmanuel Macron, said that the contractor for the building's scaffolding was "serious", and that safety regulations were "codified".

Notre Dame, a symbol of Christian splendour that has captured the dreams of poets, princes and lovers through eight centuries of French history, was engulfed by flames which destroyed its roof and spire.

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