Skyscraper plan sparks Paris debate

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Published: Monday 17th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Paris City Council has rejected plans for a new skyscraper on the city’s 19th-century skyline – but the mayor immediately rejected the vote as invalid.

The exceptionally bitter vote embodies a larger debate over whether Paris should be a museum city or more open to modern architecture.

The council voted 83-78 in a secret ballot against the Tour Triangle, which would be the third-highest tower in Paris after the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse tower, often decried as a modern blight on the city’s low-slung horizon.

Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo is in favour. Some conservative council members disclosed how they voted, which she said violated the rules of a secret ballot.

Ms Hidalgo declared its results invalid, apparently hoping for a new vote.

Published: Monday 17th November 2014 by The News Editor

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