Provence & Côte d'Azur: French Supreme Court fines former owner 5 million euros
Villa Belrose breached building regulations
One of the largest luxury hotels on the Saint-Tropez peninsula, the Villa Belrose, has been making headlines for some years thanks to unauthorized building works. Now an appeal lodged by the former owner, Wilfried Euler, has been dismissed by the French Supreme Court.
The Berlin-based hotel owner has been ordered to pay a five million euro fine and also to restore the building to its approved status.
Euler was found guilty of breaching regulations in 1991 after he comissioned the hotel to be built bigger than planning permission allowed.
The hotel was sold to the german Althoff group in 2006. "This fine applies to Mr. Euler, not us", said the Director of the Villa Belrose, Robert van Straaten. "We have been working with the Gassin municipality and the prefecture since 2008 and hope to resolve this in the next 18 months."
"We want to find a way to resolve this matter," said Gassin mayor, Yvon Zerbone, "the hotel has more than 100 employees and is very impor-tant to the local economy."