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Paris airport ruins spark China fears


The mangled remains of Paul Andreu's Paris airport lounge have sent jitters through the Chinese government, which is set to double-check the architect's £179 million National Theatre in Beijing to calm safety fears.

Andreu flew to Paris last week after the collapse at Charles de Gaulle Airport, which killed four people, but work has continued on the 6,000-seat theatre. Experts in China insisted they were openminded and that the design may not have caused the disaster. 'We will probably relaunch a safety assessment of the whole project due to safety fears, ' said a government-appointed official.

Wu Huanjia of Qinghua University's school of architecture said China had to 'learn a lesson and be more cautious' in the safety of Andreu's designs. 'But for the moment we cannot definitely conclude the airport walkway collapse was a result of the design, ' he added.

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