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In pictures: Millau bridge
France's Millau bridge
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France's Millau bridge over the River Tarn is taller than the country's Eiffel Tower.
President Jacques Chirac at France's Millau bridge
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President Jacques Chirac inaugurates the bridge, in the Massif Central mountains.
France's Millau bridge
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The bridge was built to clear summer traffic jams around the town.
France's Millau bridge
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Architect Norman Foster says it was designed to have the "delicacy of a butterfly".
France's Millau bridge
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Observers say the construction, which has seven pillars, is one of the most breathtaking bridges ever built.
France's Millau bridge
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The bridge stands more than 300m (984ft) high, with pylons bound to the bridge by cobwebs of steel.
France's Millau bridge
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Correspondents say the bridge is a source of pride for Millau, which believes many more tourists will come to admire it.


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