Our regions helping to save Notre-Dame de Paris (web series #3)

Wednesday, 23 november 2022

Spotlight on the Centre-Val de Loire region! Groupe BPCE, a sponsor of the Fondation du Patrimoine, the ‘Heritage Foundation’ set up to restore Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, presents the Claire Babet Vitraux company, a customer of Banque Populaire Val de France.

Ten days after fire raged through Notre-Dame de Paris, the Claire Babet Vitraux company immediately responded to the urgent call to help remove the cathedral’s stained glass windows. Today, it is one of the eight French workshops chosen to restore the cathedral’s stained glass masterpieces. An exceptional experience for this project of the century!

In 1999, Claire Babet, a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Arts (an institute of higher education specializing in the decorative arts), took over a stained glass workshop located in the Eure-et-Loir département near Chartres. This artisan specializing in the restoration and conservation of stained glass windows along with the creation of traditional and contemporary stained glass pieces was awarded, in 2021, the Madame Artisanat trophy presented to woman business owners for their commitment and contribution to the development of the local economy. She has been partnered by Banque Populaire Val de France for more than 20 years.

Click on the links to view the previous episodes:

  • In episode 2 we took a bird’s eye view of the situation with the rope access technicians of the Jarnias company who told us all about their work.
  • In episode 1, we went to meet the Le Bras Frères company specializing in timber framing: strong feelings and a wealth of expertise.  

Groupe BPCE, along with the Banques Populaires and Caisses d’Epargne, Natixis and Banque Palatine, has donated €10 million to the Fondation du Patrimoine, a heritage foundation set up to preserve Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral as soon as the donation platforms became operational. As a major banking player for SMEs and self-employed professionals, Groupe BPCE pays tribute to its customers who, throughout France, are helping to restore the cathedral.