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Bul­let­proof glass walls 2.5 me­tres high are to be built at the Eif­fel Tower as part of a plan to pre­vent ter­ror­ist at­tacks, Paris of­fi­cials have con­firmed.

The €20 mil­lion walls will be com­pleted later this year at the north­ern and south­ern ends. Tem­po­rary bar­ri­ers put up on the east­ern and west­ern cor­ners for the Euro 2016 foot­ball cham­pi­onship will be re­placed by fenc­ing.

The new walls will pre­vent in­di­vid­u­als or ve­hi­cles from storm­ing the mon­u­ment, which at­tracts more than six mil­lion vis­i­tors each year. The de­ci­sion to build the perime­ter comes as France re­mains on high alert fol­low­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tacks across France be­tween Jan­uary 2015 and July 2016.

“The ter­ror threat re­mains high in Paris, and the most vul­ner­a­ble sites must be the ob­ject of spe­cial se­cu­rity mea­sures,” said Jean-françois Martins, the city’s deputy mayor in charge of sport and tourism.

Ac­cord­ing to the Le Parisien news­pa­per, some city coun­cil­lors fear that the walls will turn the Eif­fel Tower into a fortress and pre­vent tourists from us­ing it as a back­drop for pho­to­graphs.

How­ever, Martins said vis­i­tors would get “a nicer view of the mon­u­ment” and still have free ac­cess to the base of the tower fol­low­ing se­cu­rity checks. The new walls will be de­signed to blend in with the River Seine and the Champ de Mars.

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