Yes, it seems that Patrick Diter is the French version of Trump, in more ways than one.
According to a report by John Von Sothen in the latest Air Mail,
Both made their fortunes in real estate. Both have a brazen if not confrontational and litigious style. Both like their homes to be palatial, faux–Italianate Renaissance Mar-a-Lago splendoramas. And both received horrible news from the courts the second week of December.
In Trump’s case, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear his Texan queen’s gambit to overthrow the presidential election. And in Diter’s case, la Cour de Cassation, France’s highest judicial court, upheld a previous ruling in the appellate courts that the $69 million “château” he illegally constructed—without proper authorization or respect for zoning laws—on 17 acres outside the Provençal village of Grasse must be wiped off the face of the earth, and the countryside restored to its original state.
This has been going on for 15 years between Diter and a his South of France neighbors. Diter illegally built without permission 30,000 square feet of mega mansion (including not one but two heliports) all which was WELL beyond the footprint of original 2,000-square-foot farmhouse when purchased 20 years ago.
Have you seen the trashy TV drama set in the South of France, Riviera? It was shot at Chateau Diter. (Love the series, btw.)
Diter has bulldozed though an environmentally protected hillside, which now, when it rains, floods the town’s outskirts.
So, now he has to let the wrecking ball swing into his illegally constructed pride and joy by June 2022 or risk paying a fine of $600 per day for every day it stands afterward. (Which sounds pretty cheap, if you’re loaded.)
Philippe Soussi, Diter’s lawyer, has said they were going to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights saying,
“This decision is not the epilogue of this affair. Even the idea of demolishing Château Diter, which is an architectural masterpiece, is unimaginable and foolish. We’re going to fight to avoid this.”
The attorney for the neighbors, Virginie Lachaut-Dana, disagrees saying,
“That’s ridiculous. Nobody has violated Patrick Diter’s human rights. His rights have been taken into account every step of the way during this legal journey.”
In addition to its ruling, the Court of Cassation also issued Diter fines totaling $550,000—both to him personally and to his real-estate companies.
Poor, poor little rich boys, Diter and Trump.
Diter will have his signature, mega home torn down (plus the expense of putting the countryside back the way it was.)
And Trump may be evicted from his beloved private club, Mar-a-Lago as his neighbors and the town of Palm Beach use his own agreement, to not be in residence for more than 7 days in a row, to throw him out.
How America would love to see him thrown out from yet another house, this one not white.
(via Air Mail)