Discovering the belfries of northern France
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France's northern Hauts-de-France region has an astonishing concentration of belfries, many of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These stone towers were built in the Middle Ages to mark the civic independence of towns from local lords. Like churches, they punctuate the daily lives of residents and tell the story of the region. FRANCE 24 takes you to discover the history of these impressive monuments.