France in focus

From crowdfunding to lottery tickets: How to save French heritage?

This week, we're at the Hôtel Dieu de Château Thierry, an ancient hospital, to talk about French heritage and its ailments! While France is famed for its grand old monuments, paying for the upkeep of the country’s extensive catalogue of smaller historic sites is proving quite the puzzle. A novel but controversial solution currently being tested is that of a heritage lottery to fund repairs and renovations on key buildings. We tell you more.