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Schloss near the River Danube with views to World Heritage Melk Abbey

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France sells iconic Vienna palace to Qatar


The palace on Währinger Strasse. Photo: Gryffindor/Wikimedia

France sells it's Vienna palace to Qatar!


The French embassy in Vienna said it would be moving the French cultural institute to another building but refused to comment on the sale on Wednesday.


Media reports had evoked a sale price of €30 million for the Palais Clam-Gallas, which was built in 1834 and is set amid 4.5 hectares (11 acres) in the heart of the Austrian capital.


It was used by American troops following World War II.


The French government acquired the property in 1951 and it has since then housed the cultural institute. The French ambassador to Vienna had recently said that the upkeep of the palace was proving to be a heavy burden.


"The Qatari embassy, the building's new owner, has pledged to restore it to its former splendour," a French embassy statement said.


The French government owns real estate abroad worth about €5 billion. Last year, Paris put its UN ambassador's Park Avenue apartment in New York for sale for a staggering €48 million.


Austria’s Ombud for Equal Treatment has ruled that Ladies’ Nights - where nightclubs and bars offer women free admission and cheap drinks on certain evenings - discriminate against men.

The Gleichbehandlungskommission said it was constantly having to deal with complaints that prices and promotions were dependent on gender - with men saying they were never the ones to benefit from such offers financially.


The Ombud has now issued a report condemning Ladies’ Nights promotions and saying that they violate the Equal Treatment Act - which paves the way for men to sue a nightclub for damages if they believe they have been discriminated against.


"All goods and services offered in the context of commercial activities should be priced regardless of gender," the report said. It added that events could be marketed as gender-specific but that any goods on offer must be priced the same for men and women.


Bars and clubs have argued that Ladies’ Nights are meant to compensate women for the fact that they generally earn less than men, but the Ombud said this was not relevant.


Equal rights lawyer Ines Grabner-Drews said that "it is unlikely that companies in the entertainment and leisure sector are really concerned about equal pay” and that the real motivation behind Ladies’ Nights is to attract more women to nightclubs, which helps draw in more men.


Cineplexx cinemas in Austria regularly hold Ladies’ Nights - offering a special €8.30 ticket for a romantic movie which includes a small bottle of Martini Asti and sweets, but the small print makes it clear that men can also benefit from the offer.


Vienna’s popular U4 nightclub had a ‘Girls Special’ night until recently, when women got into the club for free, but U4 spokeswoman Lisa Schwarzinger said this was likely to be discontinued. “Of course we can’t be seen to be favouring women with free entry,” she said.


Some restaurants have also had Ladies’ Nights promotions, where female diners are offered a free drink and dessert with their meal.


The opportunities for property purchase in Austria are extensive!

You can chose from a Wooden ski chalet, cheap bargains a luxury lakeside apartment or even your own Castle!


This site is to show what possibilities there are for investing in Property in Austria.. We have kept away from the main tourist resorts and covered the areas generally untouched, where you can still get a bargain property at a bargain price.


We want to give to our clients the best possible service. and as new developments and renovation projects become available, that we feel offer good value as well as good facilities, we will add these to our site.


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