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French row after call to stop donations for Notre-Dame restoration

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One of the four French bodies tasked with collecting donations to restore Notre Dame has sparked outrage in some circles after announcing it would stop accepting money to rebuild the cathedral.

The state-linked Heritage Foundation said the €218 million it had received was enough. Overall, donors have pledged roughly €1 billion.

Heritage Foundation has instead launched a project called Never Again, that seeks to use Notre Dame’s destruction to draw attention to the wider disrepair of France’s cultural history. It urged potential backers to support this instead.

Hitting back, the Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit said "the greater part” of the donation to rebuild the historic cathedral “have not yet materialised". Only €13.5 million had been received, the Archbishop added.

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