The ancient Chapel of St.Martin, build in 1880, in the French town of Sablé-sur-Sarthe, will be totally demolished. A parking lot will go in where once there was a church and the worshippers were going there to pray.
The church was disused and desecrated since 2015 and was falling apart because of lack of governmental funding. Churches built before 1905 are the property of the state, which also pays for their upkeep, according to the “Loi du 9 décembre 1905 concernant la séparation des Églises et de l’État “
Previously, the Parisian church of St. Rita was evacuated by French police, on year ago. The church was occupied by faithful, priests and some centre right politicians. The private owner of the church wanted to demolish it to build a car parking.
Up to 66% percent of French population belongs to the Roman Catholic church, according to the CIA World Factbook. However, the number of active believers has been falling for decades. Very few people, an estimated 1-in-20 of the French, regularly attend Mass anymore.