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Kanye-Kardashian wedding kicks up a fuss in Florence

Published on May 17, 2014 6:26 AM
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York on May 5, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - Hip-hop star Kanye West and reality television celebrity Kim Kardashian are getting married in Florence this month - and some locals are not happy about the happy couple taking over some of their most beautiful monuments.

The wedding is planned for May 24 and the ceremony will be held in the Forte Belvedere - a 16th-century fortress built by the Medici family now used for exhibitions.

A spokesman for Florence city hall confirmed the reports and said the money would go to funding city projects.

Renting out the venue will bring in €300,000 (S$514,000) into city coffers, according to media reports, but local opposition candidates for mayor in an election later this month are up in arms over the move.

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