La Defense, France - The new skyline of La Defense

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The First Tower, the tallest building in France with 231 metres, has just been delivered in La Défense business district.

Initially standing 155 metres tall, the former Axa-tower has been totally refurbished to give birth to the First Tower. The new building comprises 50 storeys topped by a 40-metre tall screen. Overall floor space has been increased by roughly 10% to 87,000 m2.

The First Tower is the only refurbishment project in France on such a scale to have been awarded High Environmental Quality (HQE) certification.

Ernst&Young is the first tenant of the First Tower (occupying almost half of the floor space).