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Nissan to donate 100,000 euros for Notre Dame reconstruction

Notre Dame Cathedral is pictured after a ceremony at the city town hall on April 18, 2019, in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- Nissan Motor Co. said Friday it will donate 100,000 euros ($112,000) for the reconstruction in Paris of Notre Dame Cathedral, which was severely damaged by fire earlier this week.

The Japanese automaker said it has developed a close relationship with France and its people through its 20-year alliance with French partner Renault SA.

"Nissan wishes to contribute to the internationally iconic cathedral's restoration in recognition of and appreciation for Nissan Europe and Renault employees as well as the people of France," the company said in a statement.

The fire that broke out Monday afternoon burned the roof of the cathedral and caused its 90-meter spire to topple. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed determination to rebuild the World Heritage structure in five years.

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