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Paris ghost metro station to be revamped into trendy cocktail bar

An abandoned metro station in Paris's sixth arrondissement is set to be revamped into one of the coolest new bar/restaurants in the French capital.

Paris ghost metro station to be revamped into trendy cocktail bar
An artist's impression of the new bar. Photos: SAME Architectes

Finding a novel idea for a concept bar in Paris is tricky business. 

There’s everything from a pirate ship (Le Comptoir Général) to a jungle (Alcazar) and even a submarine (UC-61), so what’s left to whet the appetite of trendsetters and partygoers in the French capital?

A trendy cocktail bar in an abandoned underground station, of course.

La station Croix-Rouge, once the first terminus of Paris’s Ligne 10, first opened in 1923 only to close in 1939 when France entered WWII.

It’s never been in operation since then, forgotten as life and modernity swept past, up above in the city’s 6th arrondissement where it’s located.

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Croix-Rouge is in fact one of 20 abandoned metro stations in Paris but it’s the only one of them so far to be chosen to be revamped into a brand-new usable space thanks to a recently launched competition called Réinventer Paris 2.

Architecture group SME Architectes won the prize to reinvent Croix-Rouge into what they are saying is the first restaurant and cocktail bar in the world to be located in a subway station.

Judging by the video and images of the initial designs, access to Terminus (as the restaurant bar has been named) will be from street level as with any other regular metro station, but the interior design for this one will resemble something more suited to a James Bond film.

Down below the concept bar will be split in two, with each platform serving its purpose as a cocktail bar or restaurant.

The video also shows two fully functioning metro carriages/trains on the tracks, both of which have been revamped into moving restaurants. 

Fancy stuff, to say the least. Unfortunately, anyone who’s blown away by the idea will have contain their excitement for a little longer, as Terminus is only set to open in 2021.

IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris

 

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Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”

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