Travel Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower

19:26  14 june  2018
19:26  14 june  2018 Source:   ap.org

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The glass wall would replace the metal fences that now line the perimeter of the tower . "We will replace the metal grids to the north and south with glass panels which will allow Parisians and visitors a very pleasant view of the monument".

According to the Agence France-Presse , the iconic landmark will soon be surrounded by an eight-foot-high wall made of bulletproof glass to prevent individuals or vehicles The glass wall would replace metal fences tourists currently have to filter through if they want to stand below the Eiffel Tower .

Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society poses in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually appealing glass wall. The company operating the monument said see-through panels are being set up instead of the fences at the north and south of the famed monument that were installed for the Euro 2016 soccer event. Each panel is 3 meters high, over 6 centimeters thick and weighs 1.5 ton. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)© The Associated Press Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society poses in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually appealing glass wall. The company operating the monument said see-through panels are being set up instead of the fences at the north and south of the famed monument that were installed for the Euro 2016 soccer event. Each panel is 3 meters high, over 6 centimeters thick and weighs 1.5 ton. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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target of a terrorist plot by surrounding it with bulletproof glass . As explained by the Paris mayor’s office, an eight-foot wall of reinforced glass would “replace metal fences put up for the Euro 2016 football Do you think surrounding the Eiffel Tower with bulletproof glass is a good idea?

The glass wall would replace the current metal fences that surround the structure. The Eiffel Tower is no exception, as metal fences erected as preventive measures when Paris hosted the Euro football tournament last year surround its base.

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-centimeter (2.36-inch) thick armored glass, measures 3 meters (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.

The glass walls being installed allow visitors to admire the views from the nearby Champ-de-Mars gardens to the other side of the Seine River that cuts through Paris.

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Currently the base of the Eiffel Tower is surrounded by metal grids set up in June for the Euro 2016 soccer championships. "If it's glass , it's better than the fences , I think," Minhas agreed. But she does not believe the wall would help prevent a terror attack.

If you've been past the Eiffel Tower lately you may have noticed that it's surrounded by an unsightly metal fence . The glass wall will mean that everyone will have to pass through security checks, even if they weren't planning to climb the tower at all.

The renovation, which will also embellish the gardens beneath the tower, is part of a 300 million euro ($350 million) project announced last year to modernize the 129-year-old tower that has become the most recognized landmark in Paris.

The security renovation should be completed by September.

"When you are on site, you see that the 3-meter high walls, compared to the scale of the monument, are absolutely not visible," said Jose Luis Fuentes, an architect at Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, which is in charge of the project. "It will really look as if the square (under the Eiffel Tower) was open."

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

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Catherine Gaschka in Paris contributed.

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