“Paris La Défense is no longer a citadel” (P.-Y. Guice, managing director)

LA TRIBUNE – Before taking up your duties as General Manager of Paris La Défense last November, in the midst of reconfinement, you were Deputy General Manager of the Hauts-de-Seine departmental council. The disappearance in March 2020 of Patrick Devedjian, president of the department and of Paris La Défense, followed by the departure of your predecessor Marie-Célie Guillaume and therefore your designation, is it reshuffling the cards?

PIERRE-YVES GUICE – Patrick Devedjian indeed had a strong political vision for this territory. With his disappearance, a vacuum was created which led us to ask ourselves questions, but the major projects started are all maintained and on track. Beyond this drama, 2020 marked the end of a large part of the Paris La Défense renewal plan set up by President Sarkozy during the economic and financial crisis of 2008. Delivery of the Saint-Gobain tower , of the Trinity tower of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, of the Alto Tower, the continuation of the extension of the RER Éole, which will finally arrive in early 2023 after six months of delay due to the Covid-19, are as many operations that had been launched many years ago.

Does the economic and health crisis, which is also taking hold over time, reveal any changes already perceptible for Defense?

The Covid-19 quickly revealed fundamental questions about office real estate and the relationship of people to work.

With the new president of Hauts-de-Seine Georges Siffredi, who has also become president of Paris La Défense, we must answer two major questions in connection with private actors. What will be the expectations of companies and their employees after the health crisis? What will an Ile-de-France, French and European business district like ours look like? We are not starting from scratch, but we have an obligation to ask ourselves these fundamental questions.

We observe today that as soon as the …

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