Nations Express Solidarity With France After Notre Dame Blaze

Smoke billows from the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out in Paris France

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The church has inspired some incredible stories, such as Disney classic, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

There was no immediate danger that the structure would topple but statues were also being removed to reduce the risk of movement, the fire service's spokesman said.

While the Friends of Notre Dame website grappled with unprecedented traffic, two French billionaires pledged millions to help rebuild the cathedral.

French president Emmanuel Macron has vowed to reconstruct the cathedral, with individuals, groups and companies mobilising to help rebuild the landmark.

The blaze toppled the spire, smashed the stained glass windows, and destroyed the roof, as well as some priceless artefacts inside.

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Firefighters continue to secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground.

Firefighters saved the main bell towers and outer walls from collapse before bringing the blaze under control early on Tuesday.

The cathedral was damaged and looted during the French Revolution, when many people associated the Catholic church with France's rulers, who they were protesting against. Notre Dame is part of a UNESCO heritage site and UNESCO has offered its expertise.

The fashion house went on to describe Notre Dame as a "symbol of French heritage and unity". "Our friendship and prayers to @Eglisecatho, and especially to Mgr Aupetit", the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, tweeted, addressing the Bishops' Conference of France, and the archbishop of Paris Monsignor Michel Aupetit. Offering France encouragement, Former US President Barack Obama stated, "It's in our nature to mourn when we see history lost - but it's also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can".

"The organ is a very fragile instrument, especially its pipes".

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Head of the LVMH luxury goods group and multi-billionaire Bernard Arnault instantly became the biggest benefactor of an appeal launched by President Emmanuel Macron.

French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the global luxury group Kering, has pledged €100 million. He and his father, Francois Pinault, announced Tuesday that they would donate €100 million ($113 million) from their Artemis investment company. Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement, "Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to see the images of the fire which has engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral". He called Notre Dame a "priceless treasure of Christian and world culture" and said Russian Federation is ready to send the "best specialists" to help rebuild it. Greece also offered to contribute to the restoration effort. Many have been burnt due to revolutions, wars, due to mankind's mistakes.

Bern, a 55-year-old TV presenter famous for his programmes on medieval France, said he feared it would not reopen in his lifetime.

In total, around 700 million euros has been pledged for the painstaking renovation work that is likely to take years, if not decades, though experts breathed sighs of relief that the damage was not even worse.

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