Actress Salma Hayek has paid tribute to her husband Francois-Henri Pinault and his family for pledging to donate €100 million to help rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral.

After the iconic 856-year-old cathedral in Paris was partially destroyed in a huge blaze on Monday, Pinault said in a statement that he and his father would release €100 million from the funds of their holding company Artemis to help with the "complete reconstruction" of the famous building.

Hayek has now said she feels "proud" to be part of the Pinault family as they won't be claiming any tax deductions from the government for the donation.

She wrote on Instagram: "Today more than ever I feel proud to be part of the Pinault family. Not only for their personal and heartfelt participation in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris but also because their contribution wont be claiming any tax deductions from the government.

"My husband and father in law are two generous French citizens, who sincerely understand the importance of this spiritual, cultural and historical treasure from Paris to the world."

Earlier this week Hayek posted a picture of the cathedral up in flames on Instagram and wrote: "As many others I'm in deep shock and sadness to witness the beauty of Notre-Dame turn into smoke. I love you Paris."

Donations to rebuild Notre-Dame have now surpassed €1 billion, including a €200 million pledge from collector Bernard Arnault, who founded luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, which owns the fashion brands Dior, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton.

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the Notre-Dame Cathedral "even more beautifully" within five years.