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Hollywood actress Salma Hayek has posted a gushing tribute to her billionaire husband's generosity after he pledged 100 million euros to rebuild the Notre Dame - as total donations reached a billion euros last night.
The 52-year-old's beau, Francois-Henri Pinault, pledged the enormous sum less than 24 hours after the fire devastated the Notre Dame.
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Bernard Arnault of luxury goods group LVMH doubled the 100 million euros pledged by Mr Pinault, and other heavyweight donors include the Bettencourt family - owners of cosmetics giant L'Oreal - have given 200 million euros.
But the largesse of the billionaires and corporate giants raised questions among some French people over whether they had hidden motives such as seeking tax breaks - something Hayek was quick to dismiss in her lavish tribute to the Pinault family on Instagram.
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Posting the snap with her husband and father-in-law on Wednesday, she said: 'Today more than ever I feel proud to be part of the Pinault family.
'Not only for their personal and heart felt participation in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris but also because their contribution wont be claiming any tax deductions from the government.
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'My husband and father in law are two generous french citizens, who sincerely understand the importance of this spiritual, cultural and historical treasure from Paris to the world.'
There has been growing anger over the fact that wealthy donors can benefit from tax deductions of up to 66 per cent, depriving the French treasury of income.
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Supporters of the Yellow Vest movement and left-wing activists expressed anger over the willingness and speed in which the wealthy donated.
Ingrid Levavasseur, a founding leader of the yellow vests, said: 'There is growing anger on social media over the inertia of big corporations over social misery while they are proving able to mobilise a crazy amount of dosh overnight for Notre...
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