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A treehouse eco-idyll facing demolition
Xavier Marmier built his treehouse on forestry land he bought in 2008 set on the outskirts of the village of Cléron, in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France, about 50 kilometres from the border with Switzerland. At the time, his novel construction, a model of eco-friendly architecture and functioning which took three years to build, met with the approval of the village mayor. But all that changed in 2014 with the arrival of a new mayor and local council, which has demanded that he demolish his home. Ever since, Marmier, a man with a head for heights, a tree surgeon and installer of travelling circus big tops by trade, has been engaged in a dizzying legal battle which recently turned against him. Words and pictures by Raphaël Helle.
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