Michelin Corporate Foundation
We must save Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral!
This compulsion immediately became obvious to our Michelin corporate foundation. Emotionally, because the unbearable sight of the destruction of Notre-Dame by the flames automatically demanded that it be rebuilt. Spiritually, because the faith of many Christians has been strengthened here under its almost thousand-year-old nave. Heritage-wise, because Notre-Dame de Paris is an exceptional architectural witness of the great cathedrals of Christianity. Culturally, because it expresses the values and a certain vision of the Western world.
We cannot allow any of this to disappear.
As if it had sensed the urgency of coming to the aid of Notre-Dame de Paris, our foundation, shortly before the fire, had informed the “Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris” of its intention to support its essential restoration work.
What appeared to us then as an isolated act is no longer so: there are many donors, public and private stakeholders, companies and individuals, Christians and non-Christians, French and foreigners, who have shown generosity to make the reconstruction and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris possible.
May they grow and multiply so that the sustainable future of our beautiful cathedral is fully guaranteed!
Chairman of the Michelin Corporate Foundation