In the face of the ongoing terrorism threat in France, the Eiffel Tower is to be surrounded by 8-foot (2.5meter) high bullet proof glass walls.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris will receive additional security and protection in light of the threat posed by Islamic terrorists.
Thick walls of bullet-proof glass eight feet high will surround the famous tower, which was constructed by the company of engineer Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair.
“The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures,” said deputy mayor of Paris Jean-Francois Martins.
‘We have three aims: improve the look, make access easier and strengthen the protection of visitors and staff.
“The wall will prevent individuals or vehicles storming the site visited by six million people each year.”
The glass walls will replace the metal fence erected around the tower in 2016 for the Euro soccer championships.
The French newspaper le Parisien reported that the project would cost approximately 16 million Euros ($17 million). INN