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Update 3/15/2017: Images of what the barrier will potentially look like have appeared in the French newspaper Le Parisien.
The city of Paris is planning to build a permanent barrier around the Eiffel Tower and its two adjacent ponds in order to beef up security, replacing temporary protective structures that had been up as a result of recent terror attacks. It’s estimated that the structure, which will be bulletproof and able to stop vehicles, will cost the city 20 million euros (about $22 million). While reports have said the wall be made of glass, Paris‘ deputy mayor Jean-François Martins wouldn’t confirm that to be true in a recent press conference — however, he did say, “It’s not a wall, it’s an aesthetic perimeter,” and that it would be staying true to the City of Light’s beauty and visual aesthetic.
French newspaper Le Parisien was able to obtain photos of what the barrier may look like, one of which you can see in the Tweet below.
Work on the perimeter is scheduled to start this fall, although plans are subject to approval. Once the project is complete, you’ll no longer be able to stroll leisurely under the massive steel tower, as you’ll first have to pass through a security checkpoint involving a metal detector and ID check before you can get up close to the base. The construction is part of a larger overhaul of the world-famous tourist site, which aims to ease access, improve safety and cut down on time spent in line.
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