As you maybe aware of France is often referred to as "le hexagone" by the French. And now they have their own "Pentagon" the Hexagone Balard. Let's
have a look, shall we?
The French's idea of their country's shape:
And here it is France's all new military Hexagon. Impressive, eh?
Kidding, that is the women's prison of Rennes. It was built from 1863 to 1875. But it serves as a good illustration because the 1860s is when French
schoolteachers, the so called "hussards noirs" started teaching schoolchildren to think of France as a Hexagon. What better way to get your point
across what you think of the people's place in society than to build a prison in the same shape. Ha, way ahead of prison planet, amirite?
But now without further ado messieurs, dames, I give you le Balardgone
as some like to call it. That doesn't sound very fortunate in english,
It is based in Paris. Work started in 2012 and it was inaugurated two years ago in November 2015. So how does it compare to the pentagon? Let's start
with a visual scale comparison:
a $4.5 billion project that has long been billed as France’s answer to the Pentagon. For the first time, more than 9,000 personnel from the
French Army, Navy, and Air Force have abandoned a dozen scattered offices in charming 18th-century mansions in Paris and nearby suburbs to unite under
New Defense Building, Inspired by the Pentagon, Is … a Hexagon
The complex includes three day care centers, the largest solar-paneled roof in Paris, a gym, a hair salon, 12 gardens, two cafeterias, an
auditorium, and a $32 million
What? It's not really Paris if there is no Tour Eiffel? Here ya go:
Let's crunch some numbers (Pent vs Hex):
The Pentagon is one of the world's largest office buildings, with about 6,500,000 sq ft (600,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sq ft (340,000 m2) are
used as offices. Approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel work in the Pentagon. It has five
sides, five floors above ground, two basement levels, and five ring corridors per floor with a total of 17.5 mi (28.2 km) of corridors.
Hexagone Balard: 13.5 hectares ( 1,453,128 sq ft) of surface with 420,000 m2 (4,520,842 sq ft) of office space for about 9,300 military and civilian
That seems a lot of space by comparison! Is this maybe also intended as head quarters for a European Union army in the future? Or is the French deep
state planning to go imperial again? Well, I didn't see anything on the Hexagone Balard here on ATS, so I hope you find this interesting
on 26-11-2017 by MindBodySpiritComplex because: (no reason given)