In the French papers
Architect Dominique Perrault has revealed plans to transform the Ile de la Cité in the heart of Paris. The project hopes to attract more life to the island which is largely used for administrative purposes and visited by tourists but will not be finished until 2040. Works will include a glass forecourt in front of Notre-dame to reveal archeological remains and two new footbridges linking the island to the banks.
A lawsuit filed by owners of an apartment being rented out through Airbnb in Val-de-marne was dismissed. The couple wanted to evict their tenants for sub-letting the property without their consent and demanded the earnings the tenants made through Airbnb be reimbursed to them. Instead, the court ruled that the owners had to pay the tenants' court costs amounting to €1,000.
France’s Cour des Comptes (Court of Auditors) believes the revenue cap for applying for social housing is still too high. It suggested a series of measures including setting fixed-term rental contracts in the areas where demand surpasses supply for HLM (rent-controlled housing) in order to create more fluidity in the market.
The national statistics agency INSEE has looked at the evolution of the last 30 years of housing in France. It found that French citizens have gained an average 9m2 of living space and more comfortable homes. However, access to property ownership has reduced while inequalities between owners and tenants have increased.
Paris remains the fifth most attractive city for international investors in the world, according to a poll conducted by an association stemming from the Paris Chamber of Commerce. The poll measured the number of job-creating international investments that cities benefited from between October 2015 and September 2016. London came first, followed by Shanghai, Hong-kong, New-york and Paris.
A survey has revealed Nantes as the best city in France to work in. The poll looked at criteria such as low unemployment rate, good transport connections, low poverty rate and a strong presence of researchers or executives. Nantes, Bordeaux, Lille and Lyon came top while the survey also found that Angers, Limoges, Dijon and Clermont-ferrand were great cities to live in.