Following the tragic fire that ravaged the famous Notre-Dame de Paris (Notre Dame) cathedral in Paris yesterday evening, French blockchain journalist Grégory Raymond has launched a Bitcoin fund to raise money for the reconstruction of one of the most-recognized landmarks in the French capital.
The editor of Brief.me is a known Bitcoin advocate, author of the #21 Millions podcast and also founded the Facebook group “The Bitcoin Club”.
Earlier, French president Emmanuel Macron vowed on national television to rebuild the stricken cathedral, which lost its trademark spire and roof to the fire. In nationalist support, Raymond has Tweeted out a Bitcoin address under the hashtag #bitcoinforNotreDame.
President @EmmanuelMacron has announced a subscription to rebuild #NotreDame. Hey bitcoiners, let's prove to the french authorities #Bitcoin can be an amazing way to send funds quickly, without border and for a good cause ! #bitcoinfornotredame 1JX3k1e1acXENqoKqaAtKKEdE9C2j4WsDB pic.twitter.com/Xu1zULMqL1
— Grégory Raymond (@gregory_raymond) April 15, 2019
It remains to be seen whether or not the French government would welcome such a move, given its recent domestic disputes with the Mouvement des gilets jaunes (yellow vest movement) calling for economic justice. The movement has allied itself with cryptocurrency, including its own Gilet Jaune Coin.
The fire also happened in the same week as Paris Blockchain Week, where government figures have been speaking in a bid to push Paris as a leading blockchain hub in the region and globally, amid calls for tightening digital asset regulations in the country. Even with more friendly and receptives moves recently, there are some who believe that the eventual legislation may prove to be harsher than expected.
For now, however, the crypto community appears to be showing solidarity with the event, with comments on the Tweet calling on “bitcoiners and shitcoiners” to unite and support the cause.
As of the time of writing, the Tweet has been shared out almost 100 times, with comments generally being positive. A quick look up on the Bitcoin blockchain shows that the wallet address 1JX3k1e1acXENqoKqaAtKKEdE9C2j4WsDB has already received four transactions amounting to BTC 0.02 (over USD 100).
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