In French prison, inmates and guards team up to break rowing record
01 October 2021 | 1:05 pm
At the Rennes women's prison in western France, a team of inmates and guards are working hard to beat the French indoor rowing record for the most kilometres covered in 24 hours, a challenge that offers a moment of escape, cohesion and self-improvement.
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