Our regions helping to save Notre-Dame de Paris (Web series #4)

Tuesday, 21 november 2023

Spotlight on the South-West of France! Groupe BPCE, a sponsor of the Fondation du Patrimoine, a heritage foundation set up to support the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, presents the Dartus Levage company, a Banque Populaire Occitane customer.

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In this episode, Christophe and Victor Dartus talk enthusiastically about the history and development of the Dartus Levage family business. Supported by Banque Populaire Occitane for three generations, the crane operators working for the company from Agen in south-west France are proud to be involved in the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris. Today, the twelve Dartus Levage crane operators work with the project management team and project owners to satisfy the various needs of the carpenters, stonemasons and master glassmakers on the site. The scale and scope of the restoration project, combined with the physical restrictions of the site itself, represent a daily challenge for these exceptional crane operators. 

To (re)discover the previous episodes in our web series: 

In episode 1, we went to meet Le Bras Frères, a company specializing in timber framing: strong feelings and a wealth of expertise.

In episode 2, we took a bird’s eye view of the situation with the rope access technicians from the Jarnias company who told us all about their work.

In episode 3, Claire Babet Vitraux, a company specializing in the restoration of stained glass windows, reveals its passion and experience in traditional techniques for preserving historic masterpieces.

In 2019, Groupe BPCE, along with the Banques Populaires, Caisses d’Epargne, Natixis and Banque Palatine, donated 10 million euros to the Fondation du Patrimoine, a heritage foundation set up to support the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. For the past four years, more than 1,000 craftsmen have been demonstrating their passion and expertise as they work on the restoration of one of the world’s most beautiful monuments.