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Oldest fencing club in Paris teaches the art of swordsmanship

Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28, 2019. The oldest fencing club in Paris, founded in 1886, is a small Salle d'Armes (weapons room) which has remained intact since its creation and which was bought by Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule in 1971, keeping the name, the tradition, the spirit, the honour and the teaching, just as it was in the beginning. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28, 2019. The oldest fencing club in Paris, founded in 1886, is a small Salle d'Armes (weapons room) which has remained intact...more

Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28, 2019. The oldest fencing club in Paris, founded in 1886, is a small Salle d'Armes (weapons room) which has remained intact since its creation and which was bought by Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule in 1971, keeping the name, the tradition, the spirit, the honour and the teaching, just as it was in the beginning. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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A view shows the entrance of the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 31. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

A view shows the entrance of the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 31. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

A view shows the entrance of the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 31. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule conducts a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule conducts a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule conducts a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Masks and vintage epees are displayed at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Masks and vintage epees are displayed at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Masks and vintage epees are displayed at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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The cloakroom is pictured at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The cloakroom is pictured at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The cloakroom is pictured at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Members practice at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Members practice at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Members practice at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Vintage epees are displayed at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Vintage epees are displayed at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Vintage epees are displayed at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Members attend a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule conducts a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule conducts a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule conducts a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule conducts a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule conducts a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule conducts a training session at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Masks and vintage epees are displayed at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Masks and vintage epees are displayed at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Masks and vintage epees are displayed at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule holds his protective mask at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule holds his protective mask at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Master Jean-Pierre Pinel La Taule holds his protective mask at the Salle d Armes Coudurier in the Quartier Latin in central Paris, France, January 28. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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