Estate agents in the more affluent quarters of the French capital are battling to unearth a property gem in a bid to lure football superstar David Beckham and his fashion-savvy wife Victoria, according to industry insiders.

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Paris estate agents battle to lure Beckhams

Estate agents in the more affluent quarters of the French capital are battling to unearth a property gem in a bid to lure football superstar David Beckham and his fashion-savvy wife Victoria, according to industry insiders.

Paris estate agents battle to lure Beckhams
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Beckham has become a target for Paris Saint Germain with the club’s owners, Qatar Sport Investments (QSI), said to have offered the former England midfielder a lucrative deal to help turn their under-achieving side into one of Europe’s top clubs.

A fortnight ago reports from the capital said PSG had stepped up their bid by finding a school — the British School of Paris — in the outskirts of the capital for the three school-aged of his four children.

Now estate agents in and around the capital are in a race to find a property which suits both Beckham and his wife Victoria, who rose to fame as ‘Posh’ in the successful girl band the Spice Girls but who is now a respected fashion designer.

“Victoria Beckham visited a luxury townhouse in the Avenue Montaigne, in the fashion quarter, on the weekend of November 11th,” Marie-Helene Lundgreen, the head of Belles Demeures de France, told AFP.

The same company also offered to sell the Beckhams a luxury townhouse located at Place des Victoires in the fashion-conscious second arrondissement, which could house the whole family and allow Victoria Beckham to open her own designer store close by.

Agents have also been giving thought to Beckham’s need to be close to PSG’s training complex, the Camp des Loges, at Saint-Germain-en-Laye – a well-heeled suburb around 20km from the city centre.

Properties near the Camp des Loges have been found at nearby Marne-la-Coquette and Maisons-Laffitte.

Some agents, however, are counting on the Beckhams renting first.

Thibault de Saint-Vincent, president of the Barnes property group, has found what he believes to be a suitable rental property in the chic 16th arrondissement.

“I think they would probably want to rent at first,” said De Saint-Vincent.

“That’s why we are proposing a house of 1,500 square metres, with 1,500 square metres of land, in the 16th arrondissement costing 60,000 euros per month.”

Beckham played what may have been his last match for American club LA Galaxy in early December when the Major Soccer League champions beat Australian club Melbourne Victory 4-3 on penalties in an exhibition game.

He is said to be mulling another spell with the Galaxy, or other European options.


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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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