Parisians angry over new tower
Published 01/04/2011 | 05:00
PARIS'S town council has given the go-ahead to a controversial 'Triangle' tower rising 590ft above the city. It has already been criticised as an "attack on the beauty of the French capital".
The 40-storey steel and glass building will be the first skyscraper to be built in the French capital in more than 30 years and will cost €535m.
The privately financed building, scheduled for completion by 2017, will overlook Paris from its south-western extremity at the Porte de Versailles. The project will create 5,000 jobs according to local authorities.
While Paris's cross-party council this week approved a protocol agreement for the tower, Green Party members and defenders of Paris's heritage fiercely oppose it. Olivier de Rohan Chabot, from the Safeguard of French Art group, said towers within central Paris ruin the skyline's "harmony".
Yves Contassot, a Green Paris councillor, said the "colossal" project was simply "yet another office block" that would cast a shadow over local residents. ( © Daily Telegraph, London)