Louvre can now build pyramid

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Plans for development of the Louvre museum can go ahead, now that a Cabinetminister has agreed to a compromise deal about his offices in part of the building, the government said yesterday. The scheme, part of President Francois Mitterrand's ambitious cultural project for Paris, involves building a glass pyramid in the Louvre's courtyard linking the wings of the 19th-century palace.

The plan appeared to be foundering after Mr. Mitterrand's Socialist government was toppled by a Conservative coalition a year ago.

The dispute between the Presidentand right-wing Finance Minister Edouard Balladur, who refused to move out of his plush Louvre offices to make way for the builders, has been settled, the Finance Ministry said yesterday.

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Completion of the pyramid will take about 10 years.

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