Protesters outside Notre Dame chant ‘homeless people need a roof too’

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Protests have taken place against the huge sums of money raised in the wake of the Notre Dame fire (Pictures: AP/Francisco Seco)

Homeless campaigners have protested against the huge sums of money raised in the wake of the Notre Dame fire.

The blaze ripped through the cathedral on April 15, bringing the roof and the spire which has dominated the Parisian skyline for more than 850 years crashing down.

Wealthy donors pledged around €1 billion (£770 million) to rebuild the cathedral in the 24 hours after the incident.

But the figure has been slammed by some who claim the money would be better off going to people who desperately need it.

Around 50 people from a French homeless association gathered today – a week after the fire – with placards which read: ‘One billion in 24 hours.’

Homeless campaigners have protested against the huge sums of money raised in the wake of the Notre Dame fire (Picture: AP)
They think the money would be better spent on people who need it (Picture: AP)
Some chanted: ‘Notre Dame needs a roof, we need a roof too’ (Picture: AP)

They chanted slogans directed at Bernard Arnault, the chief executive of luxury group LVMH, who last week pledged 200 million euros (£173 million).

Some chanted: ‘Notre Dame needs a roof, we need a roof too.’

Paris police monitored the peaceful protest on the central Paris island on which Notre Dame is located but did not intervene and the campaigners dispersed after several hours.

In addition to Arnault’s pledge, another billionaire Francois Pinault and his son pledged 100 million euros (£86.6 million) for the reconstruction effort from their company, which owns the Christie’s auction house and is the main shareholder in Gucci.

The cathedral fell victim to a devastating fire last week (Picture: AFP/Getty)
The roof was almost completely burnt away (Picture: AFP/Getty)
The spire – which stood over the city for more than 850 years – came crashing down as a result of the fire (Picture: AFP/Getty)

After Easter Mass on Sunday, Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit said authorities ought to ‘rethink the whole island and make a place for the poor.’

He added: ‘The poor and the homeless are at home here (in Notre Dame). They can always go and get warm in a church and they know they won’t be kicked out.’

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