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Former lace capital Calais now riven by French politics

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Today, fewer than 300 employees remain at just three factories in Calais - a fraction of the 30,000 whose livelihood depended on lace less than two generations ago.

Calais, France

THE clang of giant weaving looms ricocheted across a cavernous factory one recent afternoon at Desseilles Laces, one of the oldest lace makers in France. A handful of workers flitted among the machines, guiding gossamer threads into a floral confection destined for luxury

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