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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Security: Eiffel Tower PROTECTED By A Glass Wall

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A wall of glass 2.50 m high will rise from this autumn around the Eiffel Tower as part of a permanent, expanded and more "aesthetic" to enhance the security of the monument emblem of Paris.

The € 20 million scheme, whose project was revealed Thursday by the newspaper Le Parisien, will replace the unsightly barriers in place since the Euro-2016 football, according to the City.

"We will replace the metal grids on the north and south axes with glass panels, which will allow Parisians and visitors to find a very pleasant view of the monument from the Champ de Mars and the Jena bridge," said In a statement Jean-François Martins, assistant to the Tourism of the Mayor PS of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

At the request of the Prefecture of Police, entrance will be through the gardens that frame the tower, "our desire is to achieve a real landscaping course, with more fluid controls, which will improve the comfort of visitors and simplify their Circulation, "he said.

The Parisian elected official had previously, during a press briefing, indicated that the "situation of terrorist risk remains high in Paris and the most exposed sites, in the forefront of the Eiffel Tower, must be the subject of security measures Particular ".

It is therefore necessary to perpetuate the current system, which imposes on the visitor palpation and excavation of the bags in a perimeter delimited by metallic barriers Heras and Algeco "rather unsightly", according to him.

The new device must be able to prevent "intrusions and projections on the forecourt, individuals or vehicles". It will therefore be enlarged to include the two gardens and the two lakes that frame the tower.

Once the visitor has been checked, the "traffic around the Eiffel Tower will not change. Access to the courtyard will remain free," according to the elected official.

- Access to the forecourt always free -

"We are in the tender phase," added Mr. Martins, specifying that the Architects of Buildings of France are consulted. The project to be selected must then be approved by the site commission and the Ministry of the Environment.

"From the point of view of patrimonial integration, we can not build what we want," he said.

According to Le Parisien, Bernard Gaudillère, president of the Society of Exploitation of the Eiffel Tower (SETE), had told the elected representatives of the Paris Council that it would be a "anti-balloon fence".

The goal is to have the work done by the end of 2017, "said Mr. Martins. "Securing places tends to reassure tourists. What makes them flee is when the attacks come," he said.

The new scheme is part of a vast plan of some 300 million euros over fifteen years, announced last month, to enhance security, modernize the welcome and improve the comfort of visiting the famous tower.

The Eiffel Tower, inaugurated and commissioned on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1889, is the emblem of Paris and the most visited monument in the world. It receives six million visitors a year.

Paris has been the target of several jihadist attacks since 2015, especially on 13 November in several bars and in the Bataclan concert hall (130 deaths).

On February 3, at the Carrousel du Louvre, another place very frequented by tourists, a 29-year-old Egyptian attacked with machetes soldiers of Operation Sentinel. He was seriously wounded by riposte fire.

Several attacks have also been foiled in the capital for two years, including one to the car bomb not far from the cathedral Notre-Dame.


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