An exciting $ 64 million Renaissance-style palace on the French Riveria must be demolished because it was built illegally, an appeal has ruled.
Chateau Diter in Provence town of Grasse, France's perfume capital, includes landscaped gardens, a swimming pool and heliport, but must be broken down because it was illegally built in a protected forest area, the appeal body Aix-en-Provence decided Monday, reports.
The court confirmed a lower court order French businessman Patrick Diter 18 months to demolish his palatial property, which he has rented out to film production companies and for weddings of more than $ 50,000 a day, The Local France reported.
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Diter knocked down a humble farmhouse to build his property, which local prosecutor Pierrre-Jean Gaury described as a "pharaonic project, misleading, completely illegal and built illegally "According to the news business.
Gaury said the construction took place "contrary to the urban planning rules and safety and environmental regulations" of an owner whose "only concern is money."
A neighbor's complaint led to Diter's legal problems.
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As part of the trial against him, Diter has been fined more than $ 500,000 and ordered to serve a three-month suspended prison sentence.
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As his legal woes mounted Diter admitted to making mistakes and said he would demolish any structure built without permission, The Local reported.