PARIS New cathe­dral com­plex opens in Paris, without Putin

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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