Paris’ most famous monument, the Eiffel Tower, is soon to get a new feature that may prove more controversial than its rotating spotlight – a bullet-proof glass wall.
The plans, reported by Le Parisien on Thursday 8 February, were unveiled by authorities in the wake of five terrorist attacks in France during 2016.
There are fears around the city’s monuments being targets for terrorists – particularly in the light of the failed attack on Notre Dame in September 2016 by a group of female jihadists.
A glass wall is proposed so that tourists have some protection without ruining the Eiffel Tower’s iconic appearance.
The bullet-proof wall will be 2.5m high, running along Quai Branly and Avenue Gustave-Eiffel, and will also stretch through the middle of small parks on either side of the Eiffel Tower.
Le Parisien paper reported that the project is likely to cost €20 million and should be finished by Autumn of this year.
The wall will also mean that the entry process for visitors has to change.
Tourists can currently enter the attraction from two parallel streets on either side, but they will soon have to go through the gardens instead.
“While I can understand the security aspect, this new plan is going to spoil the area a bit.
“The best way to enjoy the Tower is to see it from underneath.
“It will be annoying if you can’t get there easily, especially for people who have travelled from abroad.”
Not as annoying as going to Paris and feeling like you are in a Muslim country. Build the wall on the border.
…and the results are in: Paris Tourism Falls 1.5 Million in 2016 after Terror Fears, Costs Economy €1.3 Billion