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Eiffel Tower loses its Liberté: Work begins on bullet-proof glass wall that will surround iconic monument to protect it from jihadists
- Work is starting on bullet-proof glass walls around the Eiffel Town in Paris, France
- It is part of series of new safety measures at the world’s most visited monument
- Comes after a string of jihadist attacks in the French capital have left 200 dead
Work is starting today to build bullet-proof glass walls around the Eiffel Tower as part of increased security measures at the world’s most visited monument.
The changes come after a string of jihadist attacks in the French capital over the past two years in which more than 200 people have died.
A bulletproof glass wall will be installed around the monument’s gardens under the 30million-euro, nine-month works, said the city’s tourism chief, Jean-Francois Martins.
Visited by six to seven million people each year, the landmark already has a permanent police patrol.
But Paris councillors voted unanimously in March to boost its security due to the ‘particularly high terrorist threat’.
Last month a 19-year-old former psychiatric patient leapt over a security barrier at the tower wielding a knife, saying he wanted to attack a soldier.