Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Macron in Washington: Can he change Trump's Foreign Policy?

Read more

FOCUS

Catalonia's pro-independence movement tempted by radicalisation

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'May ’68', Director’s Fortnight reloaded, 'A Paris Education'

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Macron and Trump: Dandruff diplomacy?

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Big data: ‘A key democratic issue’

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Susan Meiselas: Kurdistan through the lens

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Global wine production drops to lowest level in 60 years

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump and Macron media moments in the US

Read more

ENCORE!

Photographer Clare Strand explores the causes and consequences of communication breakdown

Read more

France

Mayoral hopeful would tear down Paris’s tallest skyscraper

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-08

Dominating the skyline in southern Paris, and competing with the capital’s trademark Eiffel tower, is the Montparnasse Tower – an “urban catastrophe” that needs to be torn down, according to mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

Better known by her initials NKM, Kosciusko-Morizet told the French weekly Journal du Dimanche that if she had a magic wand she would demolish the 210-metre black skyscraper, whose looming presence amid the Parisian Haussmann-style six-storey buildings has been controversial since it was completed in 1973.

Whether or not her wish could ever become a reality, however, would not be up to her if she ever gets elected.

The head of the building’s owners’ association, which counts around 300 residential and commercial members, was quick to defend their property.

“The city does not own the Montparnasse Tower,” she told daily newspaper Le Figaro. “I’m not at all sure the owners would agree to anything like this. But the job of mayor is not to search out pet projects but to find solutions to real problems.”

NKM’s comments are the latest in a series of visions for the city’s aesthetic future as she battles Socialist rival Anne Hidalgo for the French capital’s top job in elections due to take place in March.

Last week NKM, who was a minister under centre-right former president Nicolas Sarkozy, unveiled her vision for revamping Paris’s 14 “phantom” metro stops, some of which have been abandoned for over 70 years, with ideas including underground swimming pools and nightclubs.

According to recent polls, Hidalgo is around five points ahead of NKM to win the March vote, which will be taken by city councillors the day after country-wide local elections.

Date created : 2014-02-08

  • FRANCE

    Paris mayoral candidate seeks to transform 'phantom' metro stops

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    VIDEO: A secret sex tour of Paris

    Read more

  • TOURISM

    London tops Paris as world’s most visited city – or does it?

    Read more

COMMENT(S)