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Arc de Triomphe renovation

The four sculptural groups of the Parisian monument will be restored at the same time thanks to the generous Dassault Fondation. The work will last three months.  With over one million and half visitors a year, the Arc de Triomphe Place de l'Etoile in Paris, ensures its position ranking of the fifty most visited monuments in France. Center for National Monuments, is a "jewel". Its visitors are twice as likely, if you count those who travel each year on the porch and look for the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and architecture telling more than two hundred years of history. Specifically, the four largest carved reliefs of the building will be restored as early as April. The start of the renovation of the site was launched Tuesday by Isabelle Cassim, president of the Center for National Monuments, which preserves, manages and hosts the Arc de Triomphe, among a hundred national monuments under state ownership. Represented by its chairman, Serge Dassault, with his side, his vice president, Olivier Dassault, Dassault (owner of Figaro) fully fund the work, estimated at 800 000 euros. This sponsorship is a first for the French manufacturer whose foundation focuses mainly on projects in medicine and health. "Olivier Dassault, says one of his relatives, had a sort of patriotic enthusiasm when he was asked" by the Center for National Monuments, which was seeking a sponsor (sponsorship is not however only 2% of the overall budget of the public institution). "The group does not now intended to make the monumental patronage, explains it in the Dassault group, but it seems important, suddenly of heart, passion, sense of participation in the history of France, to be the link in a chain outside the scope of our natural response. "investment group will simultaneously restore the sculptured groups. This is even better than the calendar of celebrations very tight in 2010 requires that the frescoes found their luster by 18 June for the 70th anniversary of the call of General De Gaulle. Four teams will work in concert, from twenty to forty workers, depending on the complexity of groups to clean: The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792 (known as La Marseillaise) by François Rude, highlight the most famous Arc Triumph Napoleon 1810, by Jean-Pierre Cortot, The Republic or the Resistance of 1814 and Peace in 1815 by Antoine Etex. "This work will be mainly devoted to the cleaning surface of the stone to make the perception of modeling each of these sculptures," says the Center on National Monuments that endless intervention on the monument. For over twenty years, the "symbol of the Nation" has been a series of restorations of the building structure and general cleaning of the building, from 1987 to 1989 for 34 million euros, creation a new elevator in the south pier-west, from 1999 to 2000, restoration of the stone terrace and an attic room, from 2003 to 2007, and inauguration of a new permanent stage design in 2008. And it is not finished. Further work will be undertaken in the fall for delivery at the end of the year: a new boutique within the redevelopment of the reception area and especially the rehabilitation of underground between Avenue of Great Army and the Champs-Elysees, in order, to make this more hospitable towards co-managed by the City of Paris, which owns the police and the Center of National Monuments.

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