French billionaire donors, who publicly promised hundreds of millions of donations to restore Notre Dame, have not yet paid any penny for the restoration of the French national monument, according to church and business officials. American citizens, through the Friends of Notre Dame charity, paid the bills and paid salaries for up to 150 workers employed by the cathedral after the April 15 fire that devastated the roof of the cathedral and caused the fall of the masterpiece. This month, he handed out the first payment for the reconstruction of the cathedral amounting to 3.6 million euros.
"The big donors did not pay, not a cent," says André Fino, a senior press service in Notre Dame. "They want to know exactly what the money is spent on and whether they agree with it before they give it up and not just pay salaries to employees."
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Francois Pino of Artemis, the parent company of Caring, which owns Gucci and Saint Laurent, pledged 100 million euros, while Patrick Puyan, CEO of French energy company Total, said his company would get closer to that figure. Bernard Arnault, Chief Executive Officer of the luxury giant LVMH, which owns Louis Vuitton and Dior, promises 200 million euros, and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation of L 'Oreal's wealth.
There is no money, according to Finot, as the donors are waiting to see how the reconstruction plans are evolving and to deal with the contracts.
The reality in practice is that work has been going on continuously for weeks and, without having a legal financial mechanism to pay workers, the cathedral
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The friends of Notre Dame de Paris were founded in 2017 and its president, Michel Pico, estimates that 90% of his donated funds are from American donors. In fact, Piccad has just returned from a trip to New York.
"Americans are very generous to Notre Dame and the monument is very much loved in America. Six of our 11 council members are US residents."
The first reconciliation check, referring to Pikewood's "first stage of reimbursement," is currently being transferred from the Foundation to the amount of $ 3.6 million ($ 4.1 million). billionaire donors postponed signing their checks, cathedral workers can not afford such a luxury because the risk of lead poisoning has become a problem for the Paris island of Notre Dame.
The estimated 300 tons of lead that makes up the roof melts or drops
NOT DEST S DESTRUCTION WAS BOUND EXPECTED DURING YEARS OF LACK AND DEFINITION OF CONTENT, EXPERTISE in the atmosphere during the flame and sends toxic dust around the island's high prese levels in soils and in administrative buildings, according to the regional health agency in Paris. Recommends that all pregnant women and children under the age of 7 take a blood test for lead levels. Like Finot, the building, as well as its restoration.
Workers are now creating a wooden path that gives them access to remove 250 tons of burnt scaffolding that has been installed for an unfortunate sponge restoration. They will then replace the existing plastic protection with a larger, stronger roof umbrella. Then they will begin the reconstruction of the roof and arches. The middle arc will be the first stage of the reconstruction.
Fine said that this process would take several months and would be paid by the friends of Notre Dame and other foundations.
This comes as the French Parliament is slowly moving forward and backwards to a new law that would create a "public body" to speed up the reconstruction of the cathedral and to circumvent some of the country's famous complex labor laws.
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French President Emanuel Macron said the work should end within five years. Macron has appointed a former General Army, Gen. Jean-Louis Georgesen, to control the reconstruction and shatter the whip. Critics, however, say the timetable is too ambitious.
A spokeswoman for the Pinault collection admitted that Pinault's family has yet to give up any money despite progress in work, accusing him of delaying contracts.
In a nutshell, we are willing to pay, provided it is requested in a contractual framework, "said Jean-Jacques Ayagon, adding that the Pino family plans to pay through the friends of Notre Dame.
The LVMH and the Arno families said in a statement that they would also work with Friends of Notre Dame that they signed an agreement and that "payments would be made while the work went on."
Total has promised to pay her 100 million euros through Heritage Foundation, whose CEO Celia Verot has confirmed that the multinational has not yet paid and is waiting to see what the plans are and whether they are in line with each company's vision before agree to transfer the money.
"How state funds will be used is the big question," Vero said.
"It's not as brutal as it sounds, but it's a voluntary donation, so companies expect the government's vision of what they really want to fund." Our function as an intermediary is to know that money is targeted in accordance with the wishes of the donor, "she added.
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and the consolidation work currently under way is extremely important, it does not fit that description, another Foundation official said, speaking of a condition of anonymity.
He suggests that rich donors want their money to go to long-lasting, immortal structures, not ephemeral but equally important, cleaning and securing the site, which still poses a real risk to the health of Parisians.
The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation said she also did not pass the money because she wants to ensure that it is spent on the reasons that fit the specific ethos of the foundation – which supports art craftsmanship. not yet paid is that there are still so many ambiguities about the direction of the construction work. digital models to try to find out how much damage the 13th century stone fire has done, and whether the structures are fundamentally healthy. "It does not matter that the big donors have not yet paid because the choice for the spy and the main architectural decisions will probably happen by the end of 2020," he said.
"Then large sums of money will be needed."