Construction threatens the production of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite pajamas and one of the most famous perfumes in the world. A rumored 1,000 jasmine flowers and a dozen May roses go into every bottle of Chanel No. 5, but that could change thanks to ambitious French infrastructure plans. The Telegraph reports that Chanel is trying to block a proposal for a high-speed TGV line that would cut directly through its flower fields in Grasse, France, which the brand called “unique and exceptional … [and] indispensable to the creation of Chanel perfumes.”
An angry letter to the railway company added, “The construction of a viaduct and the regular passage of high-speed trains over these fields of flowers would force Chanel to cease supporting its artisanal activities in the region.” The proposed train route would reduce travel time between Marseilles and Nice by an hour — but would not be very nice to Grasse farmers and Chanel No. 5 perfume lovers.