French foreign ministry to quit historic city site

27th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 27 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin announced Thursday that the foreign ministry, housed on the Quai d'Orsay in central Paris since the mid-19th century, would be relocated to a site in the south of the city.

PARIS, Jan 27 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin announced Thursday that the foreign ministry, housed on the Quai d'Orsay in central Paris since the mid-19th century, would be relocated to a site in the south of the city.

Raffarin said in a statement that the foreign ministry's offices would be moved to the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital in the French capital's 14th arrondissement, a facility that is still in use.

The foreign minister and his top aides will also work at the new site, the ministry said, adding that the lavish building on the Quai d'Orsay, along the banks of the Seine, will be used for official receptions.

Raffarin's office said that the move would not take effect immediately, as Paris town hall would have to approve the decision. Talks were already in progress, aides to the prime minister said.

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