Pledges from French billionaires, businesses and the public sector to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral reached nearly 700 million euros (790 million dollars) on Tuesday amid an outpouring of public support for one of Europe's most iconic monuments.
President Emmanuel Macron has vowed the mediaeval monument will be restored after its spire and roof collapsed Monday night in a blaze thought to be linked to extensive renovation work.
French luxury group Kering, whose brands include Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci, kicked off the campaign late Monday with a promise of 100 million euros ($113 million).
Kering chief Francois-Henri Pinault said the intricate lattice woodwork supporting the roof that was lost in the blaze had to be replicated.
"This is why it's going to be long, extensive, but we have to do it," he told BBC radio.
That pledge was followed Tuesday by a 200-million-euro pledge from Kering's rival LVMH and the family of its founder Bernard Arnault.
But it wasn't just big companies that donated. Support flowed in from people around the world who were shocked by the fire and wanted to help. FRANCE 24's Nick Rushworth reports with FRANCE 2.
Donations pour in for Notre-Dame reconstruction