Secret French illegal clock restorer gets the job

One of the men involved in a clandestine restoration of the clock at the Panthéon in Paris has been appointed its official restorer – more than a decade after being taken to court.

“It’s a lovely story,” said a Panthéon spokeswoman. “The circle has been completed.”

The clock stopped working in 1965 and this was noticed by Untergunther, the “restoration wing” of UX, a “positive and apolitical” group which infiltrates and improves neglected public places and stages events.

Clock resto­rer Jean-Baptiste Viot was a member, and he and friends found ways to enter the Panthéon after hours in 2005 and 2006. Methods included not leaving at ...

To read the remaining 85% of this article, you need to either

Subscribe now to The Connexion and benefit from access to our archived articles since 2006

Freedom Subscription

Pay every three months. Our most flexible subscription.

Subscription automatically renews so you don't miss an edition (you can switch this off at any time)

1 Year Subscription (12 editions) (Our best value offer)

1 year of great reading in print and online

Subscription automatically renews so you don't miss an edition (you can switch this off at any time).

Loading some business profiles...

Loading some classifieds...