Work be­gins on di­vi­sive Olympic vil­lage in Paris

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The French gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day launched con­struc­tion on a mas­sive project to build from scratch the vil­lage for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, a de­vel­op­ment that aims to rein­vig­o­rate the poor­est area in the coun­try. The Olympic vil­lage, which will house some 15,000 ath­letes and of­fi­cials, is be­ing built in the Seine-Saint-De­nis area north of Paris, which for years has suf­fered from so­cial ten­sions and ne­glect. But the project is also con­tro­ver­sial lo­cally as it will force the re­lo­ca­tion of res­i­dents, busi­nesses and even schools. “If we want (the Games) to be a suc­cess we must make sure that all this or­gan­i­sa­tion, all this fi­nanc­ing and this mo­bil­i­sa­tion does not just van­ish when the Olympic flame goes out,” Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe said launched the works. “It needs to last.”

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