Apple, one of the world’s most successful businesses, has pledged its support to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The rebuilding effort has started in earnest after the flames that enveloped the iconic building were extinguished on Monday.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced his company’s involvement with a tweet on Tuesday.
We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.🇫🇷
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 16, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron termed the fire a “terrible tragedy” but promised the French people that they would “rebuild this cathedral together,” CNN reports.
The fire’s damage was still being determined on the day after the blaze. The cathedral’s 19th-century spire collapsed, and its roof and other areas appeared to be heavily damaged. The cause of the fire remains unclear.
But businesses around the world were stepping up to help rebuilding the facility. More than $600 million has been pledged by groups like L’Oreal and people like LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, who is France’s richest person and the third-wealthiest person in the world.