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Old November 29th, 2009, 08:07 PM   #2121
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Old December 1st, 2009, 02:35 AM   #2122
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The 2008 regional economic accounts were published today by the French statistical office. In 2008, the GDP of Greater Paris (the Île-de-France region) reached the record level of 813.4 billion US dollars. If it were an independent country, Greater Paris would be the 17th largest economy in the world, between the Netherlands (US$860.3 bn) and Turkey (US$794.2 bn). The GDP per capita of Greater Paris in 2008 was US$69,399. The GDP per job was US$145,267.

Note that the Paris metropolitan area is slightly larger than Greater Paris (Greater Paris covers 98% of the Paris metropolitan area).

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Old December 1st, 2009, 08:00 PM   #2123
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Wow the building has really improved 100%! Great!!!
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 10:27 AM   #2124
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Funny that that Paris' AXA tower is somewhat of a copy of Brussels' Dexia tower (pic below).

Are the two companies related by any chance?

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Old December 2nd, 2009, 11:19 AM   #2125
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They don't really look alike....

I don't think the two are related
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 12:25 PM   #2126
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Funny that that Paris' AXA tower is somewhat of a copy of Brussels' Dexia tower (pic below).

Are the two companies related by any chance?

I see no similarity there. If it was the case, then the tower in Brussels is a copy of dozens of such towers worldwide! This style isn't really unique, that of Paris is way better!
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Old December 4th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #2127
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If it was the case, then the tower in Brussels is a copy of dozens of such towers worldwide! This style isn't really unique, that of Paris is way better!
Sheesh! So sensitive!

Did I say the Brussels building is unique in the world?
Did I say it was the the most beautiful building in the world?

I only made reference to the obvious similarities that:

Both have "sloping" roofs
Both are "square spirals"
Both are situated in cities not far from each other
Both are bank headquarters
Both banks are french owned.

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I see no similarity there.
Go to a doctor and get a complete sensory organs checkup.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 03:00 PM   #2128
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Dexia and AXA have quite different businesses though. Dexia is more lending money to public governments while AXA is an insurance company.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 03:11 PM   #2129
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while AXA is an insurance company.
Yes, our last large one........ since Allianz has "eated" the other ones...
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Old December 6th, 2009, 12:30 AM   #2130
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Old December 16th, 2009, 03:18 PM   #2131
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HERMITAGE PLAZA 's marketing to start end 2010!

16 Décembre 2009

La crise faisait douter de l’avenir du projet, Emin Iskenderov rassure.

Dans une interview accordée au quotidien Les Echos, Emin Iskenderov le PDG du promoteur-investisseur russe Hermitage affirme avoir obtenu les financements nécessaires à la construction de ses deux tours mixtes à La Défense. Le projet dessiné par Norman Foster prévoit la construction de deux tours jumelles de 323 mètres de hauteur comprenant de l’hôtellerie, des bureaux, des commerces, des logements, mais aussi une salle de concert, une galerie d’art et des salles de sport.
Le coût global de cette opération, présentée à l’origine dans le cadre du concours « tour Signal », est évalué à 2 Mds€. « A ce jour, nous avons investi 110 M€ de fonds propres, dont 95 millions sont consacrés aux acquisitions foncières et le solde aux études liées à la maîtrise d’œuvre », indique Emin Iskenderov. Environ 200 nouveaux M€ de fonds propres seront déboursés d’ici l’été 2011, juste avant le démarrage des travaux. « Nos accords avec un pool de banquiers européens doivent, à la purge du permis de construire, débloquer 700 M€ afin de financer la construction de la totalité du projet dont la commercialisation sera lancée fin 2010 », affirme le PDG russe. La livraison est annoncée pour 2016.
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Emin Iskenderov,President & Managing Director of russian property developer/investor Hermitage asserted in a daily french paper "Les Echos" that he had secured the financing needed to build his 323m mixed use twin towers in La Défense.The project designed by Norman Foster has an estimated cost of 2 billion euros." To date we have invested 110 millions euros (funds) including 95 millions dedicated to the landed acquisition + credit for the researches linked to the main contractor" Emin Iskenderov says.Another 200 millions euros (capital cover) will be spent by summer 2011,just before commencing work."To build the entire project whose marketing will be launched end of 2010,another 700 millions euros are to be unblocked thanks to our agreements with a group of european bankers.The Hermitage Plaza towers are to be delivered in 2016",asserts the russian president and managing director.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #2132
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Old December 17th, 2009, 02:05 AM   #2133
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Old December 17th, 2009, 02:52 PM   #2134
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Paris votes "yes" for its "Tour Triangle"

16/12/2009

Hope you guys understand french a bit...If not,let me know.

http://www.lemoniteur.fr/131-etat-et...-tour-triangle

(Article found thanks to Archimonde on the french forum)

TRIANGLE,180m/200m to be delivered in 2014
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Old December 17th, 2009, 10:22 PM   #2135
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If you think those two buildings look similar, it simply shows you didn't see many buildings.
It is not that others are sensitive. You should browse many buildings before you make such claims as copies.


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Sheesh! So sensitive!

Did I say the Brussels building is unique in the world?
Did I say it was the the most beautiful building in the world?

I only made reference to the obvious similarities that:

Both have "sloping" roofs
Both are "square spirals"
Both are situated in cities not far from each other
Both are bank headquarters
Both banks are french owned.

Go to a doctor and get a complete sensory organs checkup.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 12:54 AM   #2136
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If you think those two buildings look similar, it simply shows you didn't see many buildings.
It is not that others are sensitive. You should browse many buildings before you make such claims as copies.
The worst of all is that by his standards of "similarity" these two houses would be similar also:

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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:30 AM   #2137
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If you think those two buildings look similar, it simply shows you didn't see many buildings.
It is not that others are sensitive. You should browse many buildings before you make such claims as copies.
Oh boy! Another oversensitive dudu is here.

First of all, since when is quantity a substitute for quality? Anyways, what matters is that I live less than 2 hours of commuter distance from both Paris & Brussels, two cities I have been to countless times. You know what that means? That means that, unlike you who supposedly have seen "many buildings" in many (to our discussion totally irrelevant) places in the world, I actually am qualified to judge whether these buildings are similar in the places they are located, which they are without a shadow of a doubt. They look similar especially at night and when seen from certain viewpoints. They are also similar in their functions (financial firm HQs - in other words, they are similar in the same way many state capitols in America resemble the big capitol in Washington DC both in looks and in function).

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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:44 AM   #2138
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The worst of all is that by his standards of "similarity" these two houses would be similar also:
Oh yes that's right, mister self-appointed spokesman of mine. A traditional mountain chalet looks like a modern beach bungalow! Fantastic! What a genius you are. I'll raise your salary.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 10:42 PM   #2139
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Assembly approves plans to create "Greater Paris"

01/12/2009

The French National Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill setting in motion a master plan to create a "Greater Paris" with a new 40-station metro line connecting the capital to its gritty suburbs.

The legislation outlining the 21-billion-euro (32-billion-dollar) infrastructure project was adopted by a vote of 299 to 216 and is due to go before the Senate for final approval in February.

It establishes the Greater Paris authority tasked with building the figure-eight metro line that will snake its way from Charles de Gaulle airport north of Paris to the city's outer limits and south to Orly airport.

The huge project has been championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy as he seeks to put his stamp on Paris, turning the capital into a 21st-century metropolis able to compete with global rivals London, New York or Tokyo.

Christian Blanc, the minister responsible for development of the capital area, said work on the 130-kilometre (80-mile) metro line could start at the end of 2013 and the new stations could begin opening in 2017.

Sarkozy last year asked 10 teams of world-class architects to come up with proposals for the Paris of the future, with a special emphasis on transport to break down the divide between the city proper and its volatile suburbs.

Unlike London, which is home to eight million people in the city and its suburbs, Paris has just two million citizens while at least six million more live in surrounding areas under separate local governments.

Paris' last major urban planning project was carried out in the mid-19th century, when Georges-Eugene Haussmann led a massive renovation programme.

Since then, the gap has grown between a historic centre, fairly attractive western suburbs and other poor, often bleak neighbourhoods, cut off from public transport and facilities.

The disconnect between Paris and its poorer, high-immigrant suburbs is seen as a key reason for the riots of 2005.

On Tuesday, the Socialist opposition voted against the bill and some members of Sarkozy's right-wing party also broke ranks to press demands for more negotiations with local councils.

The Ile-de-France region spanning Paris and seven surrounding departments is controlled by the left, which fears being sidelined in the process


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Old December 20th, 2009, 10:53 PM   #2140
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What exactly does this Greater Paris region means?
A new political divison of the whole urbanized area of the metropolis?
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