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A Two-and-a-half Metre High Bullet-Proof Glass Security Barrier To Be Constructed Around Eiffel Tower

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A two-and-a-half metre high glass security barrier is to be constructed around Paris' most recognisable landmark.

The wall will replace the metal fences put in place during the Euro 2016 football tournament and is part of a plan to prevent attacks on the monument.

French tourist sites, transport systems and places of worship have been subject to increased security measures following terrorist atrocities committed in the country between January 2015 and July 2016, which claimed 238 lives.

Construction will take place later in the year and is expected to cost €20m (£17m).

Jean-Francois Martins, deputy mayor of Paris, said: "The terror threat remains high in Paris, and the most vulnerable sites, starting with the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures.

"The glass casing will prevent individuals or vehicles storming the site visited by six million people each year.

"Architects will help design the wall so that it blends in with the Seine river, which borders the tower to the north, and with the Champ de Mars park to the south."

Some councillors have been critical of the plans, warning that a wall could transform the tower into "a fortress" and might discourage tourists from visiting.

Gustave Eiffel's wrought iron masterpiece will also undergo refurbishment following Paris' formal bid to host the 2024 Olympic

news.sky.com/story/eiffel-tower-to-have-bullet-proof-barrier-10761723

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