France Promises $100 Million for Cultural Preservation in Middle East

September 26th, 2016

The French government has pledged $100 million to fund cultural heritage protection in the Middle East, providing resources for preservation, restoration and storage to threatened cultural sites and institutions.  “This mission began a month ago,” says Benoit Paumier, a former official of the Ministry of Culture.   “The point of departure, which shocked the French population, was the destruction of Palmyra by the terrorists. At that point, the president of the republic asked the president of the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez, to prepare a report on how the international community could respond to preserve the cultural heritage of humanity.”  

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