Wednesday, December 15, 2004
"France unveils world's tallest bridge":
"A bridge officially designated the tallest in the world has been inaugurated by President Jacques Chirac in southern France.A spectacular piece of engineering, I'm sure, and hopefully one day I'll get to drive on that bridge - but sometimes you have to laugh (and it's not because it's a French story - I can be an equal opportunity jeerer): what great feat of French engineering will come after the world's tallest bridge? The world's widest skyscraper? The world's smallest shopping mall carpark?
"It is a spectacular feat of engineering that will carry motorists at 270 metres above the valley of the river Tarn.
"Before an audience of around 1,000 people, including architect Norman Foster, Mr Chirac unveiled a plaque by the largest of the bridge's seven pillars, which rises to 343 metres above ground level."