In the French papers
A man painted his house in blue, white and red after winning a bet that France would win the football World Cup. Bruno Antoniotti painted the front of his house in Eubonne, Val-d’oise, in the colours of the French flag the day after the World Cup final in July. With the help of his wife Fanny, he added two stars to symbolise France’s two World Cup victories. The house became a local attraction for many visitors who have been snapping pictures of it but the mairie has asked Bruno to repaint the house as it the colours do not follow local urban regulations.
What would €300,000 buy you in the world? This was the question agency Century21 asked in a recent study it conducted. London was found to be the most expensive of the study (which did not include cities such as Hong Kong or Monaco). Indeed with €300,000 you could buy only an 18m2 apartment in the UK capital. Next came New York where you could buy 20m2 and then San Francisco, 28m2.
With that budget you could purchase a 31m2 apartment in Paris, which came fourth. At the other end of the spectrum, €300,000 could get you a 600m2 villa in Cape Town, South Africa or 400m2 in Melbourne, Australia.
Paris is testing a new type of asphalt in a bid to tackle the noise and heat generated by traffic.
Rue Frémicourt and rue Lecourbe in the 15th arrondissement and rue de Courcelles which runs in the 8th and 17th arrondissements have all been given a makeover on 200m stretches of their roads with this new type of tarmac which is lighter in colour and water absorbent. It is hoped this technology will halve the noise of traffic and bring the temperature 1.5m above the road down by 2°C.
The French architect responsible for the Grande Arche of La Défense (pictured right) in Paris has died at the age of 80. Paul Andreu was passionate about travelling and, as well as an architect, was an engineer, painter and novelist.
He drew up plans for RoissyCharles de Gaulle airport as well those for the airports of Bordeaux and Nice and received the Grand Prix national de l’architecture in 1977. He was greatly affected by the collapse of part of a terminal in Roissy airport back in 2004 which killed four people and had stopped working as an architect for a while.