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Makeover of iconic Paris building gets green light

Decision by State Council ends years of legal wrangling over historic site

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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 went into decline for the last 30 years of its existence.

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FRENCH authorities gave the go-ahead last Friday to renovate the iconic former Parisian department store La Samaritaine on the River Seine, ending years of legal wrangling over the historic site.

Perched on the right bank of the Seine, the hulking store occupies some of the