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Paris heritage campaigners fight skyscraper plan

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Skyscrapers of business district La Défense near Paris
Skyscrapers of business district La Défense near Paris Simdaperce/Wikimedia Commons

Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. The Paris area's 12 million residents are not as interested in the age of buildings as they are in whether they make good homes. With a perpetual housing shortage, the city is pulled between needing to protect its heritage and providing space for an expanding population to live and work. Plans to build three new skyscrapers within the city limits have angered historical preservation groups. SOS Paris is one of them.

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