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Paris Grande Roue big wheel heading for the scrapyard

grande roue parisParis’s municipal councillors have called time on a landmark big wheel standing in the Place de la Concorde. In a virtually unanimous vote, councillors stated that the mobile 70-metre structure, the Grande Roue, would be banned from the plaza from next July onwards,

The Grande Roue has been a fixture of the Christmas draws in Paris for a quarter of a century. The councillors claimed it was something of an eyesore when compared to the grandiose historic structures around it. The Grand Palais and the Louvre are among the Grande Roue’s current collection of stablemates.

In its ruling, the council said it was not against the idea of a giant ferris wheel per se. Bruno Julliard is the deputy-mayor of Paris. He stated that operators could apply to put up the Grande Roue or another big wheel in a different part of the city and the proposal would be evaluated on its merits.

M Julliard carried on by saying any proposal to erect another big wheel in time for Christmas 2018 would be considered. He even said current Grande Roue proprietor, Marcel Campion, was not barred from applying to spin a big wheel in a different Paris arrondissement.

M Campion is nicknamed the fairground king and is also the operator of the Avenue Champs Elysees Christmas market. Councillors also recently pulled the plug on the market and alleged the tacky articles stallholders had for sale were not in keeping with those on offer at the avenue’s elegant retail outlets.



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