More than 1$ billion has rolled in to repair the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Meanwhile, within France, many are saying the heaps of money should be directed toward French people in poverty.
Over the past year, homelessness has been increasing by 21% in Paris, whereas the “Yellow Vest Movement” has been protesting for months rising social inequality in the country. The Yellow Vests and their allies saw President Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to rebuild Notre Dame within five years as further proof that he’s prioritizing the wrong causes.
Philippe Martinese, leader of the General Confederation of Labor trade union said in a statement, “ If they can give tens of millions to rebuild Notre Dame, then they should stop telling us there is no money to help with the social emergency.”