The Republic of France returned to its former Embassy building on the north side of Pariser Platz. The property has been arranged in such a way that there is also access to the building from Wilhelmstraße (visitor entrance: Wilhelmstraße 69). Tenders were invited for a two-stage architectural design competition open to professional architects throughout the European Union. The winner was the French architect, Christian de Portzamparc. The building cost 40 million euro to build. The front of the new building has seven high windows. A multi-storey glass conference pavilion and cultural facilities are situated in the rear part of the L-shaped property.
The French Foreign Ministry has called the project a "Symbol of Franco-German Friendship". The new building accommodates 250 diplomats and their staff. There is a total of 8,360 sq. m. of usable space. The official opening was in January 2003 during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty.
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