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[–] TheSeer 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I think post-French revolution the government took ownership of the churches:

"On 2 November 1789, France’s new National Assembly, known as the Constituent Assembly, passed a decree that placed all Church property ‘at the disposition of the nation’. Talleyrand, the bishop of Autun and one of the few clerics to support the measure, argued that all Church property rightfully belonged to the nation "

I would further assume at some date they gave most of them back, but obviously not the prominent ones like Notre Dame.