The Hôtel Lambert, in a corner of the Île Saint-Louis overlooking the Seine, was once one of Paris’s best-kept secrets. But when a high-rolling Qatari prince bought the crumbling 17th-century palace in 2007 for $88 million, the Lambert became the center of attention, not all of it so attractive.
Paris Journal - A Palace Overhaul, Treading on French Heritage - NYTimes.com
I wonder why the French did not object to the previous owners who seem to have done most of the damage to the palace? And if the palace is part of the the French heritage why is it not under the state ownership rather than private ownership? Just wondering.