PARIS New cathedral complex opens in Paris, without Putin
RUSSIA inaugurated a new statefinanced Orthodox cathedral complex near the Eiffel Tower in central Paris yesterday, without the intended guest of honour, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mr Putin last week pulled out of a trip to open the complex, which includes a spiritual centre and school as well as the cathedral, after fierce criticism from France over his bombing campaign in Syria.
The buildings, at a prime location by the river in central Paris, have raised eyebrows, with the five giant golden domes of the cathedral clearly visible in the historic heart of the City of Lights.
The project also reportedly sparked concerns from France’s intelligence agencies because of its proximity to nearby government buildings, including the foreign ministry, along the Seine.