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Paris Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire described authorities' "enormous relief" at the salvaging of pieces such as the Crown, which were transported to a "secret location" after the fire.

"When the tower, that central tower fell, it was a moan and a gasp from the crowd in Paris, exactly as there was in St. Boniface when the bell towers collapsed", Mailhot said Tuesday morning.

The head of Egypt's Copts, Pope Tawadroz II, said in a statement that the fire was a "huge loss for entire humanity" and affected "one of the most important monuments in the world".

It came as the iconic rooster weathervane that topped the spire of Notre Dame before it was destroyed by fire has been found in the rubble.

Other high-profile French donors included the investor Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere with 10 million euros, and construction magnates Martin and Olivier Bouygues, also with 10 million euros.

"The task is - now the risk of fire has been put aside - about the building, how the structure will resist", said Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez in front of the cathedral. He called Notre Dame a "priceless treasure of Christian and world culture" and said Russian Federation is ready to send the "best specialists" to help rebuild it.

Multi-billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault and oil company Total have also pledged 100 million euros (£87m) each. Hariri added in a tweet late Monday that Lebanon expresses strong solidarity with the "friendly French people." Obamas were among people sharing memories of past visits to the cathedral". His commitment was quickly doubled by Bernard Arnault, who vowed to give 200 million euros to the effort, or about $225 million.

The cathedral's roof can not be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because "we don't, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 13th century", he said, adding the roof restoration work would have to use new technologies.

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"We watched in shock and heartbreak with the rest of Paris", Windsor told the BBC about the blaze that lasted more than 12 hours.

"Again, just so many similarities between the two". It is up to us to find the thread of our national project, ' he said.

Parliament President Antonio Tajani invited European Union lawmakers, meeting in Strasbourg, France, to contribute their day's salary to help finance reconstruction.

Paris officials said firefighters worked to save as much art work and holy objects from the 12th-century cathedral as they could.

Plus said that now the fire is out "this phase is for the experts" to plan how to consolidate the edifice.

A number of companies, including beauty giant L'Oreal and luxury goods LVMH company, banks and powerful businessmen on Tuesday pledged to donate some 700 million euros ($790 million) to restore the medieval Notre Dame cathedral that had been severely ravaged by the blaze.

"We will rebuild it".

He said the restoration work will have to use new technologies to rebuild the roof.

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