Mickey Mouse Goes to Paris

Disney plans to build a theme park for the City of Light

Mickey Mouse pranced across the entire front page of the French Socialist daily Le Matin last Thursday, while another paper added his familiar ears to its logo for the day. All of France, it seemed, was celebrating what one government official called "the largest investment in recent history in France." The agreement, signed by Prime Minister Laurent Fabius and Walt Disney Chairman Michael Eisner, called for the construction of a $1 billion, 5,000-acre European Disneyland some 20 miles east of downtown Paris. Said Eisner: "Walt Disney would certainly feel at home here, because European literature inspired so many of his fantasies...

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