A deal to house the the French ambassador to the United States in a 14-room co-op at the tony River House has fallen through over concerns about the frequency and size of state parties.
The co-op board at the Upper East Side tower had been close to sealing the deal following a number of concessions from the French government, the Wall Street Journal reported. Those included limiting the use of the co-op to a residence, tempering sovereign immunity to allow for some legal action against the ambassador and staff, as well as minimizing the presence of armed guards. But the parties could not reach a deal on how often soirees would be held and how many guests would attend, according to the newspaper. [more]