- European Investment Bank Ready to Assist Paris in Wake of Notre Dame Tragedy - President
European Investment Bank Ready To Assist Paris In Wake Of Notre Dame Tragedy - President
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is ready to provide any necessary help to Paris in the wake of the Notre Dame cathedral tragic fire, EIB President Werner Hoyer said on Tuesday in his address to colleagues, obtained by Sputnik
A massive fire broke out at Notre Dame on Monday evening, causing the collapse of the cathedral's spire and the two-thirds of the roof. The blaze was fully extinguished only on Tuesday morning. French President Emmanuel Macron has described the incident as a "terrible tragedy" and promised to rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral.
"We stand by France in mourning this tragedy in the heart of its capital city. We support the defiance shown by President Emmanuel Macron, who has immediately vowed that France will rebuild the cathedral in an effort reaching beyond national borders.
If there is anything the bank can do to help this proud city and country recover, we offer our help and our services with open arms," Hoyer said.
In addition, the French heritage foundation and the US-based French Heritage Society began fund-raising campaigns soon after the fire to help rebuild the landmark cathedral. French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault has, in turn, pledged in a statement to donate together with his father as much as 100 million Euros (over $113 million) for the reconstruction of Notre Dame.