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Disney pledges $5 million for Notre Dame reconstruction


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New York, United States  /  Sun, April 21, 2019  /  11:02 am
Disney pledges $5 million for Notre Dame reconstruction

Bystanders look on and take pictures as firefighters are seen dousing the facade of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 16, 2019, in the French capital Paris. (AFP/Zakaria Abdelkafi)

Walt Disney Co. has committed $5 million in funding toward the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a fire earlier this week left the historic landmark with extensive damage.

"Notre-Dame is a beacon of hope and beauty that has defined the heart of Paris and the soul of France for centuries," Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger was quoted in a statement Wednesday announcing the donation.

The 12th-century Gothic church is depicted in the 1996 Disney animated musical The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, loosely based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo.

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At the time of publication, Hugo's novel prompted major restoration work on the cathedral, which had survived the turbulence of the 18th-century French Revolution and was the site of Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation in 1804.

The fire that broke out Monday afternoon burned the roof of the cathedral and caused its 90-meter spire to topple. Corporate and private donors have stepped up to offer funds toward repairing the World Heritage structure, with French President Emmanuel Macron vowing the job would be complete within five years.

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