Apple opens Champs-Élysées store in Paris
Apple's latest retail location is definitely one worth checking out, at least by those who happen to pass through Paris. The new store had its grand opening two days ago when over 330 employees (including over 200 who usually work in other Apple stores in France and around the world) welcomed thousands of customers and journalists who were there to attend the event.
Apple Champs-Élysées is housed in a Haussmann-era apartment building and features an inner courtyard which "has been transformed into Apple’s grandest Forum" that will be used for free Today at Apple sessions. The entire store only uses renewable energy, but it also features a rainwater collection system that provides water for the trees, green walls, and bathrooms.
The opening of the store was not exactly eventless, because it was also greeted by a protest against the controversial fiscal practices of the US behemoth. Fortunately, the protest wasn't exactly violent, either. As reported by the press, the activists chanted "Apple, pay your taxes!" while throwing confetti, and many of them were wearing colored wigs and party hats.