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>> They're seen by over 12 million tourists and worshipers each year, but these are trying times for the gargoyles of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral. Reuters' Maria Cabrera explains are now looking for a handout.>> So the cathedral is trying to raise 100 million Euros to launch restoration works that haven't been done for practically a century.
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And this is because parts of the cathedral, such as some spires, or these arches that provide the foundation for the cathedral are falling apart, literally. If you enter the cathedral and if you see the facade, it's not very obvious. But we walked up the platforms, and you could see parts of the walls are really crumbling and falling apart.
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And if you touch them, you can see parts of it on your hand, and like parts of it are coming off.>> The French government already allocates about 2 million euros or $2.4 million US annually for repairs, but the cathedral says that's nowhere near enough to tackle this.
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What they call a stone cemetery made of tons of chunks of debris that have fallen off over the years. And the church is particularly looking for donations from Americans.>> It's interesting that they've launched this charity in the US. They know that the Notre Dame has sort of a special place in the hearts of people worldwide because of the novel, and also because of the Disney movie, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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And also they say that maybe there is more of this habit of donating in a country like the US, especially to churches. Because they feel that, with the very secular values of France, people are kind of hesitant to give money to the church.>> The church says if they don't act soon, parts of the roof might be the next to fall away.