President Nicolas Sarkozy sounds out top architects on France's future buildings

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17 September 2007, PARIS (AFP) - Some of the world's top architects were meeting President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the opening on Monday of a new museum of architecture and an address he is to give on France's design landscape.

17 September 2007

PARIS (AFP) - Some of the world's top architects were meeting President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the opening on Monday of a new museum of architecture and an address he is to give on France's design landscape.

Leading British architect Norman Foster who led reconstruction of the German Reichstag in Berlin and Iraqi-British avant-garde architect Zaha Hadid were among the 14 designers who held a working lunch with Sarkozy on Sunday, said a presidential spokesman.

The president on Monday delivers an address on the future of French architecture at the opening of the City of Architecture and Heritage, a sprawling new museum that will open in the Chaillot palace, near the Eiffel Tower.

The architects are to meet Sarkozy again on Monday for talks and a working lunch, said an official.

The guest lists include Shigeru Ban of Japan, known for his innovative designs using recycled cardboard paper, Swiss Jacques Herzog who designed London's Tate Modern museum and American Thom Wayne whose works include the Lighthouse wind-powered Tower under construction west of Paris.

AFP

Subject: German news

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