Dozens of public housing advocates protested outdoors the gutted Notre Dame in Paris Monday to demand that France’s poorest be remembered after donors pledged $1 billion to rebuild the cathedral and its destroyed roof.
Round 50 folks from a French homeless affiliation gathered with placards studying “1 billion in 24 hours.” They chanted slogans directed at Bernard Arnault, the CEO of luxurious group LVMH, who final week pledged 200 million euros ($226 million). Some chanted “Notre Dame wants a roof, we’d like a roof too!”
Paris police monitored the peaceable protest on the central Paris island on which Notre Dame is positioned however didn’t intervene, and the protest dispersed after a number of hours.
Along with Arnault’s pledge, one other billionaire, Francois Pinault, and his son pledged 100 million euros for the reconstruction effort from their firm, which owns the Christie’s public sale home and is the primary shareholder in Gucci.
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After Easter Mass on Sunday, Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit stated authorities should “rethink the entire island and make a spot for the poor.”
He added: “The poor and the homeless are at dwelling right here (in Notre Dame)… They’ll at all times go and get heat in a church and so they know they received’t be kicked out.”