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Parisian restorers 'not criminals'

Date 26 Nov 2007

Now these are the sort of 'criminals' we could stand to see more of...

A team of guerilla repair workers have been cleared of any wrongdoing after repeatedly breaking in to the Pantheon church in Paris. They set up a secret workshop in the much-visited tourist attraction in September 2005, and spent a year restoring a clock which had been allowed to rust since the 1960s. They then unveiled their work to representatives from the Centre of National Monuments, which takes care of the building. The Centre promptly pressed charges and replaced the building's administrator.

For the full story, visit the Guardian website. The story also has details of further projects carried out by the sneaky restorers, including an underground cinema, bar and restaurant beneath the Seine.

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