France pays £24m into new fund to protect cultural heritage sites

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New programme aims to safeguard historical sites in war zones from destruction like that carried out by Isis

France has committed $30m (£24m) towards protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime, the first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants.

François Hollande announced the contribution during a conference jointly organised by France and the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Backers of the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage conference hope to attract an initial $100m for the fund.

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