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Aus PM rejects idea of setting up charitable fund to rebuild Notre Dame cathedral

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

The on Tuesday rejected the idea of setting up a charitable fund for those who want to help rebuild the cathedral in after a devastating fire raged through the iconic 12th century church.

on Tuesday said "It's a pretty special place and to see it in flames today was just really sad. is an eternal city and it will rebuild and it will restore."

However, he dismissed a suggestion by former that the government should set a charitable fund for people who wanted to donate to restoration efforts.

"I'm sure that is able to deal with this as is the and, if individual Australians want to do something, well, it's a free country - they can do whatever they like," he said here, adding "We're not making a government fund."

Turnbull had said there was precedent for establishing a charitable fund, along with a possible direct government contribution.

The inferno destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark, whose spectacular collapsed as orange flames and clouds of grey smoke billowed into the sky.

Pledges to donate millions of euros in cash and materials poured in Tuesday in the aftermath of the massive fire.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 14:55 IST