Eif­fel Tower shuts as Paris braces for fresh vi­o­lence

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THE Eif­fel Tower in Paris will be closed to­day as French au­thor­i­ties tighten se­cu­rity to pre­vent an­other out­break of vi­o­lence fol­low­ing three weeks of antigov­ern­ment protests.

In ad­di­tion to the 8,000 po­lice forces that will be de­ployed in the French cap­i­tal, the Paris po­lice pre­fect has iden­ti­fied 14 high-risk sec­tors that will be cleared out.

Fear­ing protesters could tar­get street fur­ni­ture or con­struc­tion sites, Paris po­lice will re­move all the glass con­tain­ers, rail­ings and build­ing ma­chines set up in the iden­ti­fied sec­tors which in­clude the Champs-El­y­sees av­enue.

Across the coun­try some 89,000 po­lice will be mo­bilised, up from 65,000 last week­end.

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