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Apr 12, 2001

Apple will be donating to Notre Dame rebuilding efforts to help restore the historic cathedral in Paris, according to a tweet from its CEO Tim Cook.


Notre Dame was significantly damaged in a fire on Monday. While the cause of the blaze remains unknown, the cathedral had been undergoing renovations, and at this point it is believed that it may have been accidental. Fortunately, reports indicate that no lives were lost in the fire, but at least one first responder is injured.

We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame's precious heritage for future generations.🇫🇷 - Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 16, 2019

Cook did not indicate how much Apple will donate to the efforts. Less than 24 hours after the fire, French billionaires and other companies have already pledged over $450 million to help rebuild Notre Dame.

Article Link: Apple Donating to Notre Dame Rebuilding Efforts in Paris After Historic Cathedral Damaged in Fire


macrumors G3
Nov 23, 2011
There goes Tim donating money again. Why isn't he in his garage wrenching on the new Mac Pro????

Agreed! If Steve was still here he'd be down on the production line soldering the components and single-handedly leading the design, manufacturing, R&D, prototypes, and engineering.

Tim CROOK on the other hand just thinks other people should deal with this stuff while he worries about things like stock, or managing the operations. What kind of CEO does that?



macrumors 68040
Jun 19, 2010
Pittsburgh PA
Fortunately, it seems that the only artistic thing damaged was one of the windows. The roof was mostly 19th century, all of the statues in the spire were removed prior to the fire, and all of the stonework is intact.

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

Edit: I stand corrected. The wooden inner structure was from the 12th century and it's all gone. How the hell wasn't there fire suppression built for this kindling? And good god, the roof was made of LEAD.
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 20, 2016
I think this is fantastic!

Yes, a fantastic marketing ploy. Why else would Apple do it? Because they really, really care? Let's not be naive.

“The church" is not a single entity.

Yes, it is the Catholic Church, which is a single entity.
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Ronald Schoedel

macrumors newbie
Jun 15, 2016
Notre Dame doesn't belong to the Catholic Church, it belongs to the French Republic.

Currently French companies have reached 600 million euros (678 MUSD). It already seems like a race to see to gives the most.
Indeed. It is very encouraging to see the response from all those "evil billionaires" and "evil companies", isn't it?
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Ronald Schoedel

macrumors newbie
Jun 15, 2016
A common misconception. The French Republic owns the building, but the archdiocese of Paris has permanent usage rights, but must maintain it.
No money is being given for a building owned by the Catholic church. The French Republic owns the cathedral.
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macrumors member
Aug 4, 2012
New York, NY
Why is apple donating? The church has more money than most governments.

French churches are owned by the French state and funding depends solely on how charitable the government feels like. Before the fire it has been living with just 2 million euros each year, it's a miracle that it is still standing given how pathetically little amount of maintenance it has been receiving.

I'd also argue since the day of iTunes store's launch, artistic stewardship became an untold focus of Apple, and Jony Ive's near-insanity obsession with form confirms just that. Apple has been convincing the world it embodies art, and when a crisis situation like this one hits, making a statement is in Apple's interest.

Also don't forget the Notre Dame remains an engineering marvel. Apple products are engineering marvels. They go hand in hand.
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