French Titans’ Pledges to Notre-Dame Pass €600 Million

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French Titans’ Pledges to Notre-Dame Pass €600 Million

The Arnault and Pinault families were among those who said they would devote resources and skills to the restoration of the cathedral, a symbol of French identity.

Battling the flames rising from the roof of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday.Credit Bertrand Guay/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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Battling the flames rising from the roof of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday.CreditCreditBertrand Guay/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

In the aftermath of the fire at Notre-Dame, one of the great symbols of France, the luxury industry — another symbol of the country, thanks to names such as Dior, Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent — has pledged hundreds of millions of euros to the cathedral’s restoration.

The donations were followed on Tuesday by other pledges that soon surpassed 600 million euros, or about $675 million, and included beauty, energy, and finance companies.

On Monday, as Notre-Dame burned and flames lit the sky, the Pinault family — owners of Kering, the second-largest luxury group in France — was the first to publicly offer a significant contribution, pledging to donate €100 million to the rebuilding effort.

“The Notre-Dame tragedy strikes all French people, as well as all those with spiritual values,” said François-Henri Pinault, chairman of Artémis, the family holding company that controls Kering.

“Faced with this tragedy, everyone wishes to bring this jewel of our heritage back to life as soon as possible,” he added. “Today, my father and I have committed to donate €100 million from the Artémis fund to take part in the effort needed to fully rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris.”

The French businessman François-Henri Pinault and his wife, the actress Salma Hayek, in Los Angeles last year.CreditChris Delmas/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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The French businessman François-Henri Pinault and his wife, the actress Salma Hayek, in Los Angeles last year.CreditChris Delmas/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Shortly afterward, the Arnault family and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, led by Bernard Arnault, the richest man in France, announced that they would give €200 million.

“The LVMH Group puts at the disposal of the state and the relevant authorities all of its teams — including creative, architectural and financial specialists — to help with the long work of reconstruction and fund-raising, which is already in progress,” they said.

LVMH is the largest luxury group in the world. Its fashion holdings include Celine, Dior, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. The group also owns drinks brands including Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot, as well as the landmark Parisian stores Le Bon Marché and La Samaritaine. The group reported revenue of €46.8 billion in 2018.

Mr. Arnault was an early supporter of Emanuel Macron’s presidential bid, and Brigitte Macron, the French first lady, wears Louis Vuitton for most of her high-profile public events. Mr. Arnault also masterminded the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the contemporary art museum in the Bois de Boulogne designed by Frank Gehry that has helped reshape the landscape of Paris and that will ultimately become a gift to the city.

Bernard Arnault, the chief executive of the French luxury group LVMH, and his wife, Hélène Mercier, in Paris in March.CreditFrancois Mori/Associated Press
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Bernard Arnault, the chief executive of the French luxury group LVMH, and his wife, Hélène Mercier, in Paris in March.CreditFrancois Mori/Associated Press

For its part, Kering owns luxury brands such as Balenciaga, Boucheron and Yves Saint Laurent. The Pinault family — also among the richest in France — owns the wine estate Château Latour. The group’s 2018 revenues were €13.67 billion. François Pinault, the patriarch of the family that controls Kering, is building a contemporary art museum in the former Bourse de Commerce in the center of Paris that will be designed by the architect Tadao Ando.

François-Henri Pinault, Mr. Pinault’s son, is married to the actress Salma Hayek. Kering has its headquarters in Paris, and Ms. Hayek posted a message of condolence and support on Instagram after the fire. “As many others I’m in deep shock and sadness to witness the beauty of Notre-Dame turn into smoke,” she wrote. “I love you Paris.”

The two fashion groups are deeply embedded and invested in the heritage of France as a global beacon of beauty and artistic creativity, a tradition that is also carved into the stones of Notre-Dame.

In recent years, the luxury industry across Europe has become actively involved in restoring historic monuments. The Italian leather goods group Tod’s is underwriting the restoration of the Colosseum in Rome for €25 million. Fendi, which is owned by LVMH, paid €2 million toward the restoration of the Trevi Fountain in the Italian capital (the company held a fashion show there when it was completed). Bulgari, a jewelry brand also under the LVMH umbrella, spent €1.5 million on the Spanish Steps in the city. And Salvatore Ferragamo, an Italian luxury goods company, has supported the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Fendi, which is owned by LVMH, held a fashion show in July 2016 at the Trevi Fountain in Rome after renovations the company had underwritten were completed.CreditVictor Boyko/Getty Images
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Fendi, which is owned by LVMH, held a fashion show in July 2016 at the Trevi Fountain in Rome after renovations the company had underwritten were completed.CreditVictor Boyko/Getty Images

The motives are both altruistic — supplying funds that local governments do not have in the interests of saving a joint inheritance — and self-interested — the companies clearly understand that the more closely they associate with masterpieces of history, the more they bask in their glow.

In addition, when it comes to Notre-Dame, donors will benefit from a hefty tax write-off. Individuals in France can get a 66 percent discount on charitable gifts, while companies can deduct 60 percent of their corporate sponsorship expenses — which would most likely include assistance to the cathedral — from their corporation tax, though the amount is capped at 0.5 percent of turnover.

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Paris, however, such distinctions may not matter. The gifts from the likes of the Arnaults and the Pinaults are a reflection of how personally, and how profoundly, the fire has reached into the identity of French citizens and their businesses.

Indeed, just after the announcement from LVMH, Patrick Pouyanné, the chief executive of the French energy company Total, said on Twitter that his firm would contribute an additional €100 million to the cause, and L’Oréal and the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation, which is backed by the family that founded the cosmetics giant, pledged a total of €200 million. Offers of aid in the reconstruction effort also came from the bank Société Générale (€10 million) and the advertising firm JCDecaux (€20 million), while the tire maker Michelin also promised a large sum and the construction giant Vinci offered to provide workers and architects.

Their legacy will now be part of Notre-Dame’s future.

Liz Alderman contributed reporting.

Vanessa Friedman is The Times’s fashion director and chief fashion critic. She was previously the fashion editor of the Financial Times. @VVFriedman

You Are Not A Human Being

You Are Not A Human Being

 

Did I really say that? Yep, I did. Please lend me your ear for a moment and I will explain myself to you as to why I said such an ignorant arrogant thing.

What are you worth as a human being? I don’t mean how much money your banker says you are worth. What I do mean is, are you a human being at all, is your very hide, your life, worth anything? It should be easy for you to say to me, how dare you, and I agree with you on that. How dare I or anyone to say such a thing about anyone, and mean it! Have you ever wondered how on earth that people can treat each other so inhumanly as to premeditated the taking of another persons life? Not just con, shuck, jive, beg, borrow or steal every material thing a person has on earth. But to feel no remorse about planning to murder someone or about the actual execution there of? Why is it okay for me or anyone else to do such things to our fellow human beings? I have learned that it is much easier to commit murder if you believe that the person or persons aren’t really humans but are something subhuman, just another animal with no Soul. Hate always helps, if you think a person or persons are doing evil things you can demonize them convincing yourself that ‘they deserve it’ for their evil actions.

 

During the last third of the 19th century the western third of what is now the lower 48 States of America was taken over by a lot of us poor white folks and a few rich ones from those “blood thirsty savages” (Indians). Hum, we wanted the land these people lived on and we didn’t want to have to pay anything for it so let’s just unleash a genocide on them. If I can convince myself that these ‘savages’ don’t even have a Soul it makes it easier to just ‘wipe them out’. If I am a ‘Slaver’ of people of another color than my own, it is much easier if you believe that they aren’t equals to ourselves, that they are sub-human, at best. This time frame was not gentile toward other nationalities of people either the Hispanic, Orientals, Jews, Arabs, Catholics, or Blacks, the list goes on and on it seems. It does seem that we can learn to hate anyone, for any reason, even if we have to make one up. Hate doesn’t have to be race related either it can be something as simple as the rich hating the poor and the poor hating the rich.

 

I did just bring up a religion note in that last paragraph on purpose, you didn’t think I could let that one not be included in this critique of the human race did you? I will start first with picking on us people who say that we ‘believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the one and only Living God’ for their spilling of blood of other Christians. Then there is the issue of ‘Christians (and) Catholics’. Do they (Protestant Christians) and the people who call themselves Catholic both believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God the Father? Then how ‘in the name of all that is good and Holy’ does one do violence to the other and believe that Jesus will think that is a good thing? If people would just open up their dusty Bibles and actually read of God’s love for “all people”, then of all people, why the violence one toward another? There is nothing ‘Godly” about this hate and violence! Why do we think that we should condemn, when that is God’s job to do, not ours? Only God is to judge who is correct and who is wrong, it is not our call, we are not to condemn or commit violence toward anyone. If a person is a Christian at heart and Soul then we should be praying for the Souls of those who hate us, and who believe other than what we do. By my belief’s all people who do not come to worship/serve/love Jesus before they die, will end up spending forever in Hell and I do not want that for anyone that I have ever known. Who is a Christian to kill an unbeliever, thus condemning that person to Hell? So, as a Christian I hope that everyone will see the love of Jesus for everyone and turn away from all offensiveness. I do know that not all people are nonviolent who call themselves Christians, and I do know that God will judge us all in the end. Do not mistake my soft heart, I do totally believe that if someone is trying to cause physical harm to your family or your physical being then you have the obligation to protect by any means necessary. It is just that no one has the ‘right’ to be an aggressor, no aggressor, then no is defense needed. God is love, He is not hate, if our heart is filled with hate then we have nothing to do with God. Satan is a ‘god’ of hate, if our hearts and minds are filled with hate it is not ‘God’ whom we are then serving.

 

If we are racist toward another person simply because of the color of their skin, are we not saying that they are not equal humans to us? If I consider you to be less of a person because you are from another whole nationality group, or even a different gender, have I not then demonized/lowered your value as an equal? Christians need to realize that Jesus was a Jew, who was sent to the house of Israel knowing that He would be rejected out of their ignorance of the Scriptures. If the Jewish people had not done exactly as they did toward Jesus then there would never have been such a thing as Christianity. Christians should come to know the Jewish people and the Jewish Nation of Israel as even in Revelation Jesus Himself says salvation is given to the Jew first then to the Gentiles (all the rest of us). Personally I am going to try to convince our Jewish brothers of the human race to see and understand the reality that Jesus is the Christ just as I prefer to try to convince the ‘non-people of the Book’ of their errors so that they do not die in a lost condition.

 

There will not be a lasting peace for the people of our planet because there is an abundance of hate toward everyone from someone somewhere. If I’m not hated because I’m white, straight, Christian, American, old, bald, fat, or ugly I’m sure a person can find something else if they so choose in which to hate me for. I know that there are religions/cultures where I could never be accepted as an equal human being because of some of these very reasons. Wrong color, wrong faith, from wrong country etc..  Are you a human being? Do you look at anyone else on the globe and say in your heart that they aren’t really human, that they don’t have a Soul like I do? If the heart of a man is filled with hate then it is the Devil that owns them, by no means are they a servant of the one and only ‘real God’. What they are doing is kissing the flames off the rump of a Devil when they speak and perform hateful acts upon another. Folks, we are all human beings, equally, of one family, one race, the human race, the only race.

 

 

White Nationalists Disrupt Polish Independence Day

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Nationalist protesters disrupt Poland independence day events

White nationalists disrupt Polish independence day

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Warsaw, Poland (CNN)Tens of thousands of nationalist protesters disrupted Poland’s independence day events Saturday, waving flags and burning flares as they marched down the streets of Warsaw.

Demonstrators carried banners that read “White Europe, Europe must be white,” and “Pray for an Islamic Holocaust.”
Some wore masks and waved red and white Polish flags, chanting “Death to enemies of the homeland,” and “Catholic Poland, not secular.”

Police estimate that 60,000 people took part in the nationalist demonstration.

Police estimate that 60,000 people took part in the nationalist demonstration. While the vast majority were Poles, other protesters came from all over Europe.

Poland regained its independence in 1918.

One of the lead organizations behind the nationalists march is the National Radical Camp, which has previously taken to the streets to protest against Muslim immigration,gay rights, the EU and anything it considers undermines Polish Catholic values.
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Tens of thousands attended the march in Warsaw.

While support for the group remains small, its critics argue that the Polish government, which has struck a nationalistic tone and linked immigrants to crime and disease, has fostered an atmosphere of intolerance and xenophobia that has emboldened it.

Some of those marching lit flares during the event.

Earlier on Saturday, the Polish capital had seen a far smaller demonstration by groups condemning the protesters’ hijacking of Polish independence day, which falls on November 11.

Far-right marchers waved flags as they took part in the march.

The day celebrates the re-birth of Poland in November 1918, 123 years after the Prussian, Habsburg, and Russian empires carved up Poland among themselves and erased it from the map of Europe.
But in the past few years, the holiday has been overshadowed by the far-right march and fears of violence.
Polish President Andrzej Duda led the formal celebrations of Polish independence day in central Warsaw. After laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier, he told the crowd to remember the price of freedom and independence.

China’s “Head Of Religious Affairs” Nor President Jinping Have Any Clue What Religion Is

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China: Willing to have talks with Vatican but Catholics must be patriots

China’s head of religious affairs said that Beijing is willing to have constructive dialogue with the Vatican but stressed that Catholics should “hold up high the flag of patriotism” and adapt Catholicism to Chinese society.

Wang Zuo’an, the director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, made the remarks Tuesday at a meeting of China’s official Catholic Church, which includes bishops, priests and lay Catholics, state media reported.

Beijing insists that the party-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association has the authority to appoint Chinese bishops, a right that the Holy See says belongs to the pope alone. This dispute over bishop nominations is the most vexing stumbling block preventing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.

China severed relations with the Holy See in 1951 after the Communists took over, and the officially atheistic government closed churches and imprisoned priests, some for decades. Worship is officially allowed only in state-authorized churches outside the pope’s authority, although many of China’s estimated 12 million Catholics are thought to attend underground churches.

Wang said the Chinese government hoped that the Vatican can adopt a flexible and pragmatic attitude, and take concrete actions to create favorable conditions for improving relations, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. No details were given of what actions Beijing expects.

The ruling Communist Party has long feared that opposition to its rule could be spread by religious and other civic groups outside its control. In May last year, President Xi Jinping called for religions to adapt to Chinese society, which he termed the “sinicization of religion.”

On Tuesday, Wang stressed the importance of patriotism within religion and “pushing ahead with the sinicization of Catholicism.”

Pope Francis said earlier this year that Beijing and the Vatican have resumed working groups on the naming of bishops issue and that he is “optimistic” for an agreement, but that it will take time.

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Just last week, the Vatican said it was saddened that the ordination of two new Chinese bishops was marred by the presence of a bishop ordained without the pope’s consent.

It also said it was awaiting the outcome of this week’s meeting of the Chinese Catholic Church and hoped it would give Catholics in China confidence in the Vatican-China dialogue.

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