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French court blocks LVMH's plans for iconic Paris building

Renovation design clashes with historic surroundings, says court; LVMH plans to appeal further
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 05:50
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La Samaritaine, a Paris landmark, had its golden age during the 1930s at the height of the Art Deco era but was shut down in 2005 when it ran afoul of safety regulations.

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A FRENCH appeals court on Monday blocked the renovation of the iconic former Parisian department store La Samaritaine, saying its modern makeover would clash with its historic surroundings. Perched on the right bank of the Seine, the hulking store occupies some of the choicest