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French TV host Stéphane Bern was made an honorary MBE

CONNEXION INTERVIEW: Historian, TV presenter and organiser of France’s Heritage Lottery Stéphane Bern talks to Brian McCulloch

The new lottery to support French heritage projects was inspired by the UK’s National Trust, says its organiser and public face Stéphane Bern.

Last year the heritage lottery raised €21million directly, plus another €22million after the government contributed its tax take on state lotteries.

Another €5million was contributed by company and individual sponsors.

Mr Bern told Connexion: “I have always admired the work done by the National Trust in the UK.

“In France it is unlikely that we will be able to set up a similar trust to own buildings like the National Trust.

“But we have many monuments and buildings which are owned by communes, departments and regions, as well as individuals, and the public support for these is invaluable.”

This year, the main heritage draw will be on the Fête Nationale, July 14, and a scratchcard game, ...

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