‘Maries’ of France rally to save small Marie church

A medieval church has been saved after an ingenious fundraiser that won support from round the world ... mostly from people linked to the name ‘Marie’.

In all, €36,000 was raised when Gérard Steppel, mayor of the Alpes-Maritimes commune of Marie, played on the village’s name for support to finance renovation of the Eglise Saint Pons.

With just 112 inhabitants, Marie is the smallest commune in the Nice arrière-pays and could ...

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