Glass walls to guard Eiffel Tower
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.
A metal barrier surrounds the Eiffel Tower in Paris.