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September 20, 2013 
Religious statues are stored during the deconstruction operations of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church... 
GESTE, France 
Religious statues are stored during the deconstruction operations of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church... 
Religious statues are stored during the deconstruction operations of the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in the village of Geste, western France, August 29, 2013. The 19th-century neo-gothic parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was scheduled for demolition in 2007 by the city council, a victim of its size, maintenance costs and overall municipal budget issues. The current church, with only the bell tower and crypt remaining, will be replaced by a new one in 2016 that will be far cheaper to keep up. This destruction is part of a large debate across France where villages are faced with churches in deteriorating condition, diminishing populations, with fewer parishioners and priests, and increasing upkeep costs. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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