By Alexandre G. Published January 9, 2021 at 5:08 p.m. Updated January 9, 2021 at 5:08 p.m.
The elected representatives of the Council of Paris approved the increase in the budget devoted to the restoration and maintenance of the 92 fountains of the capital. Iconic historic monuments of the City of Light, a good part of which no longer worked.
<p><strong>Paris</strong> well worth a <strong>restored fountain</strong>. In 2021, the<strong> Molière fountains</strong>, <strong>Louvois</strong>, <strong>Stravinsky</strong> and <strong>Saint Sulpice</strong> will be able to be freshly renovated. During the last meetings of 2020, the Paris Council voted <strong>budget increase</strong> devoted to <strong>restoration and maintenance</strong> of <strong>92 fontaines</strong> from the capital.
Thus, the provisional budget for 2021 voted by the elected officials of Paris now provides 1.5 million euros (instead of 1.1 million) to finance the operation of these fontaines. At the same time, the budget dedicated to renovation and to works to be carried out goes from 420,000 euros to 1 million euros. If these fontaines today benefit from a increased budget significantly – while the health crisis has seriously aggravated the city’s deficit – it is because there is an emergency.
Indeed, it has been several years since a good part of historic fountains of the city of Paris no longer work, to gradually fall into oblivion. Near the Pompidou center for example, the fontaine Stravinsky has not got water out of his arteries for very long months. Worse yet: the condition of many fontaines deteriorates and many of these beautiful monuments suffer the weight of time, or sometimes graffiti and other deterioration made by the hand of man. Same fate for the Fountain of the Innocents, near Les Halles, the oldest in the capital.
Exorbitant renovation costs
If there is anything to rejoice in such an approach on the part of the Paris town hall, the reality is sometimes even more cruel: some of these exceptional monuments raise the cost of their renovation at far too high prices! When we compare the quotes for the restoration of the Palm tree fountain, place du Châtelet, or the fountain of the place Victor Hugo, respectively around 2 million euros or half a million for the fountain of the 16th arrondissement, with the budget allocated by the City of Paris, we imagine that the renovation of all the fountains of the capital takes the appearance of a titanic and far too expensive project.
Therefore, the Paris City Hall logically had to weigh the pros and cons. Asked by Le Figaro, heritage assistant Karen Taieb explains that her team has “obviously had to make choices“. First, this new budget 2021 must finance the return of water and electricity to the fountains. Then 73 of these fontaines will benefit from restoration work. These renovations will not all end in 2021, and some projects will be spread out even longer. After all, Rome was not built in a day …
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