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Macron has a ‘cunning plan’ to churches and castles to rescue

French monuments crumble slowly. There are many tens of millions needed for their restoration. President Macron devised a list: a lottery.

The French government is 15 to 20 million euros, raising monuments to the rescue. And that money is obtained thanks to one of the most popular popular sports: gambling.

From september, all French people …

The French government is 15 to 20 million euros, raising monuments to the rescue. And that money is obtained thanks to one of the most popular popular sports: gambling.

From september, all French people for 15 euros, including a special ‘monuments-ticket’ purchase. Each lot is 1 euro and 52 cents to a special fund for the French heritage. That will certainly be 1.5 million yield, it is expected. That same month, a ‘super lotto’. This will yield – according to estimates, at least 13 million euro to the ‘ Fondation du Patrimoine.

The money is then spent on the renovation and refurbishing of monuments spread all over France. The last year has drawn up a list with over 2,000 endangered monuments, ranging from industrial heritage to hospitals, and from churches to villas.

From hospital to museum

Of the 2,000 to get there 251 priority at the start of repair works. Another 18 are designated as ‘legendary’: they will be the very first to be helped with the income from the gambling activities.

The old hospital in Château-Thierry, next to Reims, is such a symbolic memorial, which will have the first money. The hospital, with the characteristic red stone, was in his first form that is already built in the 14th century, commissioned by queen Jeanne of Navarre. In the 17th and 19th century reconstruction, and renovation is taking place. Now there is about 7.5 million needed to maintain as a museum.

Furthermore, the 18 designated monuments can be very diverse. On the list are the aqueduct of the Gier, which was once about 86 kilometers, brought water to Lyon, the renaissance-style built Château de Bussy-Rabutin, near Dijon, with 500 portraits, and the famous ‘spoorrotonde’ in Montabon from 1891, where locomotives via a hub to a different track was directed for repairs.

‘Drop on hot plate’

It is the first time that the French government is relying on the gambling industry to the own heritage to save. Critics say that the emergency is anything but over. The target amount of 15 to 20 million euros is a drop on a hot plate. The state finances local governments every year with 400 million for preservation of heritage. There is so much more money is needed, says Célia Vérot, director of the Fondation du Patrimoine. “If we all 270 monuments want to refurbish that is now a priority, we have approximately the double amount is needed.”

Shortly after the bekendwording of the list, was also the first rel. The house of the writer Pierre Loti is eligible for financial assistance, but the artist is not uncontroversial. He is accused of ‘hatred of jews and Armenians’, according to various organizations that president Macron have prompted the house of the list to delete. Lesotho would in his work, jews have been defined as “abject figures” and described his encounters with Armenians as follows: “Maybe it’s me, but I have only lafbekken, gemeneriken and cheaters are met’.

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