1. dtf

    dtf Apr 16, 2019

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    Following the terrible fire at Notre Dame, LVMH have announced they are donating $200m to the reconstruction work. An amazing act of generosity in this tragic time:
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  2. Hubert

    Hubert Apr 16, 2019

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    Saw that too, good to see the private sector commit to big philanthropyc pledges during this incalculable cultural loss.

    I am optimistic that the reconstruction efforts will bring the best of humanity forward, in order to rebuild the heart of Paris with contributions from all over the world.
     
  3. Pitfitter446

    Pitfitter446 Apr 16, 2019

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    It’ll take a while to reconstruct although hopefully not as long as the first build.
     
  4. Pitfitter446

    Pitfitter446 Apr 16, 2019

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    I must ask, do they not employ site fire watchers/security guards anymore?
     
  5. Ara

    Ara Apr 16, 2019

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    Le Point: What types of precautions against fires were in place in this cathedral, which is today largely destroyed?

    Benjamin Mouton: It’s one of the most monitored buildings in our country. In 2010 and 2011, I implemented a rigorous protection protocol for fire risk prevention. Specifically, the protection plan was based on a permanent monitoring system relying on detectors (paying attention to the possible risks of electrical short-circuits), the installation of doors and firewalls, and the presence of two firemen 24 hours a day, making three rounds a day. With the idea being that the sooner the alert was made, the sooner we could intervene. It’s unimaginable, yesterday’s fire spread in an absolutely astounding way!


    https://frenchly.us/was-everything-possible-done-to-avoid-the-fire-at-notre-dame-cathedral/
     
  6. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Apr 17, 2019

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    Good to see LVMH- and Kering Group (Girard-Perregaux, Ulysse Nardin and many fashion brands) putting money back into causes like this
     
  7. Pitfitter446

    Pitfitter446 Apr 17, 2019

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    Probably a sprinkler system might have been an idea, not pretty but more effective, so as reported did the French fire service take too long to get on site? or was it just an accident waiting to happen, if other properties learn and prevent further tragedies something good has come of this.
    Repair fund is climbing, big sums being promised, hopefully professional firms needed for the repair won’t profiteer from this.
     
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  8. imagwai

    imagwai Apr 17, 2019

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    Why are donations needed? Did someone forget to renew the insurance?
     
  9. WernerBoeinck

    WernerBoeinck Apr 17, 2019

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    Sorry,there was and is no insurance!!!
     
  10. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Apr 18, 2019

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    Yes, this is good to see. EUR100m from Kering and the same from Total.
     
  11. rafabond

    rafabond Apr 18, 2019

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    I feel enormously the loss of fire, but although I am a Catholic, I believe that in the world there are more needs than giving more 700 million € in a church. There are other needs. and I repeat, I'm Catholic.
     
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  12. imagwai

    imagwai Apr 18, 2019

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    I'm not sure I agree. All the money in the world won't solve some problems - it's not the answer to everything. Plus you can take that argument to the extreme and say that there's always going to be a better way to spend it. There may be, but where do you draw the line - nothing else would ever happen, and buildings of beauty would not exist (and they are surely worth something to humankind, witness the outpouring of grief over the fire). A good compromise might be to use the money to put a new roof on that's economical but in keeping with the original and then use any excess for good causes. But don't ruin it by skimping - I sometimes worry this generation will leave nothing of beauty or grandeur behind to inspire future generations.
     
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  13. THJunkie

    THJunkie Apr 21, 2019

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    Don’t fret. We might not inspire the generations to come. But you can be 100% sure we’ll have left many marks to challenge and push their ingenuity to the limits. They’ll not be lacking in challenges with which to test their capacity. They’ll have little time be inspired by fancy buildings.
     
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  14. imagwai

    imagwai Apr 21, 2019

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    Lol. Somewhat depressing, but true.
     
  15. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 22, 2019

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    Doesn't the Catholic Church have more money than 'God' anyway? I'm guessing money donated in this way can be written off against tax...
     
  16. THJunkie

    THJunkie Apr 22, 2019

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    I’d hazard a guess that you’re correct on both counts.