File - Photo taken on August 2, 2013 shows people walking by the Grande Arche in the business district of La Defense, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY
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It was inaugurated 25 years ago to much pomp on the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, but Margaret Thatcher no doubt remembered it much better as the place where she got stuck in the toilets and had to be rescued.Today, the gigantic Grande Arche on the outskirts of Paris is in a sorry state. The prized Carrara marble covering parts of the structure is worn down, businesses snub its cramped office space and the entire building is now closed to the public for security reasons.From October, both ministries are launching big renovation works that will cost nearly 200 million euros ($270 million) over two years and will improve insulation, optimize space and replace all the marble.
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