The Grand Paris Express, a $25 billion transportation project, is supposed to catapult the City of Light right into the future. By expanding and assimilating the existing Metro system, the project backers expect nothing short of making Paris grand again.
As London puts the finishing touches on the first leg of it's Elizabeth Line, opening in 2017, Parisians see their own plans for expansion as rivaling London's enduring status as one of Europe's financial & cultural leaders.
The famous Paris Metro, a wonder when it was built at the turn of the century became the “living, fluid cement that succeed in holding men together.”
London's Crossrail, below, is already creating a buzz with locals and tourists alike. Now the French see it as an incentive to push through their equally ambitious plan for the future.
According to Société du Grand Paris the entity overseeing the project, the Grand Paris Express, once finished, will prove that Paris is coming back after a century of being overshadowed by New York, and London.
It is far too soon to tell whether the Grand Paris Project will live up to its backers’ hopes. But it is certainly the case that Britain’s capital could soon have a fight on its hands.