Notre Dame was undergoing $6.8 million renovation when massive fire broke out | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Notre Dame was undergoing $6.8 million renovation when massive fire broke out

But the Archdiocese of Paris said it can't afford all the repairs, which was estimated at $185 million.

The French government, which owns the cathedral, had pledged around $50 million over the next decade, leaving a bill of $135 million. To cover the rest, Picaud helped launch the Friends of Notre-Dame of Paris Foundation. It worked to find private donors both in France and across the Atlantic.

"We know Americans are wealthy, so we go where we think we can find money to help restore the cathedral," Picaud said in 2018. "Notre Dame of Paris isn't a Paris monument or French monument or a European monument but it's really a worldwide monument."

Billions for war. Peanuts for priceless monuments.

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