HOUSING: New French Levitt

Frenchmen created and built the Statue of Liberty. Other Frenchmen designed the city of Washington and part of New Orleans. And what have American architects and builders given to France? Answer: Levittown.

Since the mid-1960s, clusters of split-level houses have risen around Paris, looking much like suburban U.S. housing developments. Many have been built by two U.S. companies, Levitt & Sons and Kaufman & Broad. Now an heir of a famous French family is imitating the Levittown builders with great success. He is Maxime Breguet, 29, son of the founder of Breguet Aviation, which built, among many other planes, the Breguet...

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