France's slag heaps join list of UNESCO world treasures

Slag heaps in northern mining region have become the latest addition to world heritage list, rivalling global wonders like the Taj Mahal.

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Local politicians hailed the inclusion of the Nord-Pas de Calais mining basin on the coveted list as a victory for the depressed region still struggling to recover from the demise of its three centuries-old coal industry, reports The Daily Telegraph.