The Millau viaduct seeking global recognition
Two former ministers, Jean-Claude Gayssot and Jacques Godfrain, are supporting the project to make the Garabit railway viaduct (Cantal) and the Millau motorway viaduct (Aveyron) UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites.
To this end, the independent association under the law of 1901 "Garabit-Millau - Extreme viaducts" organized a meeting entitled “Two major viaducts for a major project” on Monday 26 November 2012, in the Boffrand Salons at the Senate in Paris. The event was organized under the patronage of Jean-Pierre Bel, President of the Senate.
The sponsoring committee of the association, which includes Jean-François Roverato, vice president of Eiffage and Jean Guenard, former president of the Eiffage Millau Viaduct company, also includes several deputies, presidents of national and regional councils as well as the British architect Sir Norman Foster.
Six bridges in the world are classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: the Pont du Gard (France, 1985), Telford Iron Bridge (England, 1986), the old bridge in the old town of Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2005), Vizcaya Bridge (Spain, Basque Country, 2006), Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic Bridge (Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2007) and Pontcysyllte Canal Bridge (Wales, 2009).