Errr.....Little technical problem.I could understand the people of France being concerned with how their tax dollars are being spent, but when it comes to wealthy individuals stepping up and deciding how they want to spend their own money I fail to see the problem. Do you (and everyone else on this thread) like people telling you how to spend your money?
On a more practical front: restoring a national treasure has multiple benefits to its country of origin, while donating vast sums of money to poor people has almost none.
The main donations are being made by wealthy, are A: Being offered by individuals that do not pay their taxes in the E.U., even though they are French and B: They will get a 60% tax deduction, on their donations. Plus: Some one stood up in the French parliament and requested that they get a 90% tax relief, on the donations. This was how the real issue, of the tax dodgers, became public.
So the basic issue with the 'people' is that these 'fat cats' are trying to out bid each other; in the 'look how generous I am' game. But at the same time, they go out of their way, to avoid contributing to the state etc..
Personally, as I said before. I don't really care where the funds come from. However, hypocrisy is just that and this just gives the Yellow vest movement, more to shout about.