Investigators face ‘long and complex’ quest for cause of Notre-Dame blaze

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"We will rebuild the cathedral together", Macron said in a statement outside of the cathedral, adding that France would start an global fundraising campaign to raise money for the renovations. As French citizens gathered to watch and pray for the cathedral's safety, the queen released a statement regarding the catastrophe. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said there's a structural risk to the building and it will take weeks to rebuild.

A centuries-old crown of thorns made from reeds and gold, and the tunic believed to have been worn by Saint Louis, a 13th century king of France, were saved, Notre Dame's top administrative cleric, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, said.

The French president pledged to rebuild a cathedral that he called "a part of us", and appealed for national and worldwide help to do so.

The destroyed roof was one of the oldest such structures in Paris, according to the cathedral's website.

Ying Xin, a Chinese dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in NY, posted a video on Instagram of a dance she improvised in front of Notre Dame a year ago.

"The structure of the cathedral is saved, and the main artworks have been safeguarded, thanks to the combined actions of different state services", it said. The only major work damaged inside was the cathedral's high altar, installed in 1989 under Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger. It's part of our legacy, common heritage.

Pope Francis sent those words of solidarity to Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris on Tuesday.

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Pope Francis offered his prayers that Notre Dame, the "architectural gem of a collective memory", will once again be a shrine to the Catholic faith, a symbol of the French nation and a spiritual and architectural gift to humanity.

French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the worldwide luxury group Kering, has pledged €100 million.

LVMH will also make its creative and financial teams available to help with rebuilding and soliciting donations. Their archrival, the Arnault family, responded minutes later with a pledge of 200 million euros and the architectural and design resources of their LVMH fashion conglomerate.

The oil and gas company Total has pledged $113 million, and tech and consulting firm Capgemini will donate $1.1 million.

Yet many details, such as possible water damage from the operation to save the building, are still unclear. Greece also offered to contribute to the restoration effort. Notre Dame is one of the world's most iconic cathedrals. Many have been burnt due to revolutions, wars, due to mankind's mistakes.

The painstaking renovation work is likely to cost hundreds of millions of euros over several years, if not decades, though experts breathed sighs of relief that the damage was not even worse.

The organization, which was founded in 1982, gave two grants previous year totaling more than $430,000 for restoration projects at France's national library, she said.

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