Renovation ends in demolition

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IOl bulldozer INLSA Lenasia Ext 13 residents watch as their illegally built houses are demolished by a bulldozer. File picture: Phill Magakoe

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Residents of a sleepy French village in Bordeaux have been left dumbfounded after discovering their local 18th-century chateau was completely bulldozed “by mistake”.

The mayor's office in Yvrac said on Wednesday that workers who were hired to renovate the grand 13 000-square-meter (140 000-sqaure-foot) estate in November and raze a small building mixed up them up.

Former owner Juliette Marmie says “the Chateau de Bellevue was Yvrac's pride and joy.” She adds “the whole village is in shock. How can this construction firm make such a mistake?”

The chateau's current owner Russian businessman Dmitry Stroskin was away and returned home to discover his beloved chateau - with a grand hall that could seat some 200 people - was nothing but rubble. - Sapa-AP


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