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Brits snub France's international Palais de Justice contest

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The French organisers of the most popular international ideas competition in recent years have received just one entry from the UK.

According to Paris officials running the Palais de Justice concept contest, to design a new courthouse in the French capital, only one Brit has sent them a submission out of an astonishing 275 entries.

To put the number of entries in context, the hugely popular Giants' Causeway competition in Northern Ireland last year received 201 entries.

There appears to be nothing in the brief to put off UK design teams. It called for the design of 'an emblem of the justice system and a new landmark for the people of Paris'.

One Paris official expressed surprise at the paucity of British entries, but said she was unable to provide a logical reason.

Some 136 submissions came from within France, while the remainder came from 36 other countries around the world. The second highest level of entries came from Italy, with 13 per cent.

by Ed Dorrell

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