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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 11, 2011

 Eight hotels have been awarded the "palace" classification, the top category under France's new hotel classification system. Four of the properties -- Le Meurice, Hotel Le Bristol, the Plaza-Athenee and the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome -- are in Paris; the others are Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat; Cheval Blanc and Les Airelles, both in the French ski resort of Courchevel, and L'Hotel du Palais in Biarritz.