Many more are following Pinault's lead.
Pinault's was the first major donation that was announced, but many more have followed. The LVMH group--which owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Hennessy, and other luxury brands--has pledged more than $225 million, and so has the French cosmetic company L'Oréal.
Salma Hayek was in shock when she saw the fire.
Salma shared this photo of Notre Dame's famous spire burning with the message, "As many others I’m in deep shock and sadness to witness the beauty of Notre-Dame turn into smoke. I love you Paris." She and Pinault have a home near the cathedral.
President Emmanuel Macron is determined to rebuild the cathedral.
Pinault's pledge came after President Emmanuel Macron made a speech on Monday night promising to restore the cathedral. According to People, Macron announced to the many gathered outside the cathedral, "It is with pride I tell you tonight we will rebuild this cathedral...we will rebuild Notre Dame because it is what the French expect of us, it is what our history deserves, it is, in the deepest sense, our destiny."
All that is left to do is rebuild.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The day after the fire, the cathedral no longer has a spire, and its roof has been destroyed. All that is left to do is rebuild, but as French author Bernard-Henri Levy said, as reported by CNN, "How can you rebuild eight or nine centuries of history? How can you rebuild the tears, the whispers and the memories of a whole country and of the whole civilization?"