In the French pa­pers

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Le Parisien

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.

Le Fi­garo

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.

Les Echos

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.

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