Glass walls to guard Eif­fel Tower

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PARIS — Good­bye metal fenc­ing, hello glass walls: Paris au­thor­i­ties are build­ing a per­ma­nent se­cu­rity belt around the Eif­fel Tower, re­plac­ing the cur­rent fenc­ing around it with more vis­ually ap­peal­ing glass walls.

The com­pany oper­at­ing France’s most-vis­ited mon­u­ment says see-through pan­els are be­ing set up at the north and south ends of the site. Each panel, made from over 6-cen­time­tre (2.36inch) thick ar­moured glass, mea­sures 3 me­tres (nearly 10 feet) high and weighs 1.5 tons.

In all, 450 glass pan­els will com­pose the two walls north and south of the mon­u­ment.

Two graphic grids have been erected on the two other sides of the site and bol­lards against ve­hi­cle ram­ming at­tacks will be set up all around.

French sol­diers and po­lice will keep pa­trolling out­side and in­side the area, as they have done since the deadly Novem­ber 2015 at­tacks in the French cap­i­tal.

Be­tween 6 and 7 mil­lion peo­ple visit the Eif­fel Tower ev­ery year.

AP

A metal bar­rier sur­rounds the Eif­fel Tower in Paris.

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