France leads tributes to Brazilian great Niemeyer
Pierre Laurent, the leader of France's Communist Party, on Thursday led tributes to Oscar Niemeyer, the iconic Brazilian architect who has died at the age of 104.
Niemeyer, whose typically wavy design for the party's headquarters in Paris is considered one of his outstanding works, was a lifelong communist who spent many years living in France while Brazil was under military rule.
"He was an extraordinary man who was able to ally his creative talent to his commitment to Communism throughout his life," Laurent said. "He stayed true to his ideas to the end."
Laurent announced that the party headquarters would be opening its doors to the public for several days in order to celebrate Niemeyer's life.
Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti expressed thanks for the 20 plus original buildings Niemeyer, who was a long-time collaborator of Le Corbusier, bequeathed to France.
"He was a poet whose medium was concrete, a lyrical apostle of fluid lines and a master of the curve who inspired a generation of architects," Filippetti said.
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