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Activists Target Louis Vuitton Mega-Complex on Champs-Élysées

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The anticipated Louis Vuitton mega-complex along the famed Champs-Élysées faced activism on Saturday as activists targeted the site. A video shared on social media showed banners bearing the message “Tax the rich” hung from the building’s hoarding. The demonstration, attributed to the activist group Attac, aimed to promote their campaign for increased taxation on the ultra-rich to address social and climate issues.

Around 100 individuals, including Attac members, gathered nearby, with a small group cordoned off by police. While police presence remained heavy, demonstrators dispersed by evening. LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, did not immediately comment on the incident. Three individuals were arrested in connection with the unauthorized demonstration and property damage.

The hoarding, located adjacent to Vuitton’s flagship store, drew further scrutiny from environmentalist groups. The Council of Paris received complaints regarding its legality, questioning its status as advertising and potential contribution to overconsumption. However, the request for its removal was rejected, citing its classification as temporary hoarding rather than advertising.

Originally built as a hotel for the 1900 Paris Exposition, the historic building is undergoing renovation to become Louis Vuitton’s future mega-complex. While details remain undisclosed, plans suggest retail spaces, hotel accommodations, and additional facilities. Despite controversies, the project is set to continue, with construction ongoing and artistic events already hosted on-site.

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