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14Oct93 FRANCE: FIRMS LOSE OUT IN CUP VENUE SWITCH.

French construction firms are angry about their government's decision to build the main soccer stadium for the 1998 World Cup at St Denis, in the northern suburbs of Paris.The FF1.5 billion (£175 million) 85,000-seat complex had originally been planned for Senart, in the southern outskirts.But the decision means the two main construction groups chasing the job will be forced to redraw their proposals.One of the ventures, Effage-Spie Batignolles, planned a FF1.5 billion (£175 million) stadium seating 87,000. The other group, a joint venture between Bouygues and Dumez-SGE, suggested an 85,000-seat arena costing FF1.4 billion (£162 million). A source within Effage-Spie Batginolles said the switch had cost the group millions of francs and an enormous amount of wasted work.The government's decision also means the FF50 million (£6 million) spent by the authorities to produce feasibility studies and engineering reports on the Senart plan has been wasted. CONSTRUCTION NEWS