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A study has found that in the last 13 years, 75% of the city’s sparrow population has disappeared. Beloved by locals, what has happened to them and how can the decline be reversed? Between 2003 and 2016, three-quarters of sparrows – moineau in French – have disappeared. This is according to a study commissioned by […]

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The Tour Wood’up, which will be 50 metres tall and house 105 apartments in the 13th arrondissement, will debut in 2021.  The development, brought forward by property developers REI Habitat, was proclaimed one of 12 winning entries to the national competition launched by AdivBois, the foremost Quango that pushes for the use of wood in […]

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It claims to offer the best views of , and many locals agree: it is the only one where where the tower itself doesn’t blight the view. The Tour Montparnasse, which was built to such negative reception that skyscrapers were subsequently outlawed within the city walls, has hurt the views of southern for 44 […]

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Emmanuel Macron promised during his campaign to exonerate 80% of French citizens from the taxe d’habitation. His finance minister recently revealed the more details of the measure to be introduced next year.  Gerard Darmanin, Macron’s finance minister, recently revealed the details of the taxe d’habitation exoneration at a meeting on Tuesday morning. Macron promised the measure […]

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In the current issue of International Banker magazine: ’s Miranda Bothe  gives her insights into the eternal draw of and why savvy investors view it as an affordable luxury that provides lasting value. Affordable luxury in the City of Lights is the perfect location for a European pied-à-terre: centrally located as a […]

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Piscine des Amiraux reopens after 2 years of renovation

The Piscine des Amiraux, made famous by the 2001 French film Amelie, is to re-open after a two-year renovation process.  The art deco pool lies on the rue Herman-Lachapelle in the 18th arrondissement and has been classed as a historic monument since 1993. It was built in the 1930s and designed by Henri Sauvage, one of the […]

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As of the end of August, annual price growth in the capital has reached 7.7%, and in some arrondissements, the figure has reached double digits.  In good news for anyone owning property in , annual price growth has maintained its remarkable figures as we enter l Wa rentree, the end of the French summer holidays. A more […]

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UNESCO heritage status for  rooftops

For the last few years, there have been calls for ’ iconic zinc rooftops to be given UNESCO heritage status, protecting their long-term future. Although several important political figures wholeheartedly back the proposal, the mayor is not one of them.  Some 500 roofers work in the capital, maintaining and replacing the zinc slates that cover […]

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April to June saw 20% more property transactions in the capital region than in the same period last year, as revealed in the Notaires second quarter report published last week. Activity is accelerating in the suburbs and decelerating in . The report, which covers the months of April, May and June, also reveals that at […]

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Everyone from city planners to ordinary homeowners in are rubbing their hands together with glee at the opportunities the event in seven years will provide.  “It’s nothing more than a formality,” wrote one commentator on the news that Los Angeles had pulled out of the race to host the 2024 Olympics. All that remains is for the […]

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