Paris Builds Barrier Around Eiffel Tower to Limit Terrorism

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Paris has been the victim of a number of terrorist attacks over the years and it's only fair that they now take drastic measures to keep their place safe. One of those drastic measures cost 20 million euros which involves building a protective barrier around the Eiffel Tower to replace temporary structures that were put up after a series of terror attacks.

“Sadly, the risk of terrorism hasn’t gone away,” deputy mayor Jean-François Martins said at a Paris press conference. “It’s not a wall, it’s an aesthetic perimeter.”

However, whether it will be a glass wall or not is yet to be confirmed. The form the new structure takes will depend on solutions proposed in response to the city’s call for tenders, he said.

The new perimeter will include the space under the tower, as well as two ponds on either side of it, an area roughly 200 by 300 meters. It must be able to stop bullets and vehicles, he said. Tourists will be free to enter the area after a security check, with payment required only to go up the Tower itself.

And Martins doesn't believe that the increased security will deter tourists from visiting the Eiffel Tower. “What scares tourists is lack of security, not security,” he said.

The barrier around the Eiffel Tower will be the most notable change to Paris in response to terrorism and definitely one of the most expensive. It is a step in the right direction and I support the initative 100% because a country's number 1 priority is keeping their people and the people who visit safe What do you think of this initiative by Paris to build a wall around the Eiffel tower? Let me know on Facebook or in the comments section below.



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