Wednesday, December 15, 2004

France builds world's tallest terror-magnet

Displaying versatility, France not only knows how to burn them, they can build 'em too. France builds the world's tallest bridge:
Thundering fighter jets streamed the blue, white and red of the French tricolor as President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday dedicated the world's tallest bridge, a skyway span dwarfing the Eiffel Tower by more than 50 feet.

Ahead of its public opening Thursday, the Millau bridge in southern France has been celebrated as a work of art combining the strength of cement and steel with the "delicacy of a butterfly."

Images of the bridge, which dominates the Rhone Valley countryside for miles, have appeared in national media for days.

Chirac underscored the national pride stirred by the viaduct by lifting a French flag from its ceremonial plaque, followed by air force jets trailing the colors of France.

"This exceptional opening will go down in industrial and technological history," Chirac said, praising the designers and builders for creating "a prodigy of art and architecture -- a new emblem of French civil engineering."

The bridge will serve as a symbol of "a modern and conquering France," he said.
There's just one problem with the bridge being that symbol of "a modern and conquering France," the brigde was designed by a Brit.
Designed by British architect Norman Foster, the steel-and-concrete bridge with its streamlined diagonal suspension cables rests on seven pillars -- the tallest measuring 1,122 feet, making it 53 feet higher than the Eiffel Tower.
I hate to think that a bridge built across a valley with nothing in sight "for miles" could also become a symbol of another sort for Muslim terrorists.

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