The mayor of Paris is blocking the Emir of Qatar’s plans for a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Hotel Lambert, an historic 17th century mansion in the Quai d’Anjou on the city’s ÃŽle Saint-Louis.

Bertrand Delanoe says that the alterations to the 17th century mansion on the exclusive Saint Louis island in the heart of Paris including an underground carpark, the addition of elevators and new rooms, will spoil the important heritage of the building.

He wants the owner to re-consider and look at more friendly way to renovate the three-storey Hotel which was built in 1639 by Louis Le Vau and is part of a Unesco World Heritage site.

‘This is a real threat to a gem of Paris’ heritage, the only private house from the end of Louis the XIII’s reign that remains untouched. I want this plan to be reconsidered, taking the time for a thorough examination,’ he said.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, bought the mansion at the tip of the Paris island in 2007 from the Rothschild family for a reported €80 million.

He was ranked at No. 7 on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest royals in 2008 with a fortune of $2 billion. Propertywire

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