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    Protests are growing in Paris at the changes now sweeping across the romantic skyline as multi-storied buildings shoot up in ever-increasing numbers in a hectic building spree.

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    Protests are growing in Paris at the changes now sweeping across the romantic skyline as multi-storied buildings shoot up in ever-increasing numbers in a hectic building spree.

    Tourists looking across the River Seine towards the Eiffel Tower have been stunned to see an office block apparently crawling up the left side of the 83-year-old monument.

    And Parisians glancing up the Champ Elysees are angered at the sight of a concrete tower rising seemingly between the pillars of the Arc de Triomphe.

    The French Government, worried by the growing criticism has ordered an independent study by an Italian architect into the siting of new tower blocks which have already had the effect of negating the Eiffel Tower's dominance of the Seine. The tower, more than 1000 feet high, (320 metres) is rivalled by the 685 foot (208 metres) Maine Montparnasse skyscraper and sixty other blocks, some nearly 500 feet high, which rise above the river.

    However, a powerful voice has also been raised in defence of the towers. A former Prefect of Paris, has pointed out that public opinion is equally divided on the matter.

    a recent poll disclosed that of those canvassed, forty-four per cent said they were disturbed by the buildings, and forty-four per cent said they were hardly, or not at all, disturbed.

    Nevertheless, amid growing protests, the City Council is considering the introduction of new controls on high rise buildings. The plan includes special safeguards for favourite views of some of the best knows sights in Paris, such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

    But it would not take effect until 1974 and there are demands for more urgent action to save the city's skyline.

    SYNOPSIS: Astride the French capital, the one-thousand foot high Eiffel Tower dominates the Paris skyline. But for how much longer? Parisians are becoming increasingly concerned at the changes now sweeping their skyline as multi-storied buildings shoot up in a hectic building spree. The French government is worried by the growing criticism.

    The left bank of the River Seine, downstream from the Eiffel Tower, is now an almost solid line of high-rise buildings and dozens more are scheduled for construction during the next two years. As the newspaper Le Monde put it: "In the last few years, towers have been assaulting the Paris skyline in random order. It is one blow after another, according to the rule of chance and the rule of exception."
    However, a powerful voice has also been raised in defence of the towers. A former Prefect of Paris has pointed out that despite the vocal opposition, Public opinion is equally divided on the matter. A recent poll disclosed that forty-four per cent of those asked were disturbed by buildings which critics claim are spoiling the famous silhouette of the Arc de Triomphe. But another forty-four per cent said they were hardly, or not all disturbed.

    Nevertheless, amid growing protests the City Council is considering the introduction of new controls on high-rise buildings. The plan includes special safeguards for favourite views.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4BFN4GLL9A86TXS68KFLZJDXO
    Media URN:
    VLVA4BFN4GLL9A86TXS68KFLZJDXO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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