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Paris rings Olympic changes

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Pages and Le Thierry d'Ennequin's project has been announced as the winner of the international competition to design an iconic landmark for the Paris 2012 Olympic bid.

The 80m-high lightweight tower - to be built just 5km from the Champs +lysÚes - will have a circle of helium rings that can be illuminated at night, and will offer visitors spectacular views over Paris from its viewing platform.

Scheduled to open to the public in early 2005, the building will mark the first stage of the regeneration of Les Batignolles, a 50ha site in the north-west of the city that Paris hopes will become the new Olympic Quarter.

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