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Becks outshines Zlatan – in choice of Paris hotel

English football superstar David Beckham has finally found a place to lay his head in Paris. And with his €17,000 a night, 320m² suite at the famously fancy Hotel Bristol, Becks has outgunned Swedish clubmate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to boot.

Becks outshines Zlatan - in choice of Paris hotel

Standing just 100 metres from the Elysée Palace, the Hotel Bristol – heavily featured in the Woody Allen film ‘Midnight in Paris’ – is the new home away from home for superstar David Beckham.

The former England captain, who signed for French league-leaders Paris Saint-Germain last month amid a firestorm of publicity, has moved into the Imperial suite, which at 320m² – (the equivalent of a five bedroom house), costs €17,000 per night (the value of a new car) according to French daily Le Parisien.

By our calculations, that looks set to amount to a bill of more than €2.6 million, by the end of Beckham's five-month contract with the club, which is due to end in June.

Not too shabby, especially when you consider that PSG’s previous marquee signing, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, started his Paris adventure last summer in a meagre 80m² suite at the respectable – though not world-class – Intercontinental hotel, next to the city’s Opéra landmark.

Beckham, who had his first day on the job on Wednesday amid a French media circus, has stated that he will be handing over his entire five-month salary, likely to amount to millions of euros, to unnamed children’s charities, although there has been speculation in the French press that this is merely to avoid the attention of France's notorious tax man.

Le Parisien reported that the 37-year-old midfielder was accompanied at all times on Thursday by at least one bodyguard, but if you’re still keen to catch a glimpse of him in Paris you might first want to consult this insider’s guide book. 

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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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