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Crowds flock to Notre-Dame as France holds its annual weekend of heritage celebration

Carpenters demonstrate the medieval techniques required to restore Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral during the weekend's European heritage days, September 19, 2020.
Carpenters demonstrate the medieval techniques required to restore Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral during the weekend's European heritage days, September 19, 2020. © FRANCE 24 screengrab
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France's annual weekend of heritage celebration is taking place, with the capital's Notre-Dame Cathedral a highlight, notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Historic and cultural sites that are usually closed to the public opened their doors this weekend. FRANCE 24's reporters were among the crowds at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. They watched carpenters demonstrate the medieval techniques that will be required to restore the cathedral after it was damaged by fire on April 14, 2019.

"These are the techniques that were in use at Notre-Dame in the 13th century, but which are still very much alive," says François Calame, founder of voluntary group Charpentiers sans frontières (Carpenters without borders).

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