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This article titled “Louvre-Lens: helping a mining town shed its image” was written by Oliver Wainwright, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 5th December 2012 15.11 UTC

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Unless you’re a connoisseur of slag heaps or second division French football teams, there is little reason why you would have heard of Lens. The tallest of the former and the most enthusiastically supported of the latter are the primary attributes of this small town in the northern coal-mining heartland of France, which boasts a stadium with a capacity larger than the entire local population.

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