The French rugby federation abandon plans for new stadium
By Charlotte Bates
Last Updated: 14/12/16 4:54pm
The French rugby federation (FFR) has abandoned plans for a new stadium that was scheduled to open in 2023, president Bernard Laporte announced on Wednesday.
The stadium, which would have been built in Ris-Orangis, some 35 km from central Paris, had an estimated cost of 581 million euros (£487m).
France will continue to play most of their home games at the Stade de France, which was inaugurated in 1998 with a friendly soccer game against Spain.
Laporte, who was elected on December 3, said: "The board of directors has validated the final shut-down of the Grand Stade project."