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Eiffel Tower Will Soon Be Protected By Bulletproof Glass Walls Against Terrorism

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| February 10 , 2017 , 13:36 IST
[caption id="attachment_245595" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Representational Image Representational Image[/caption] Parisian authorities have said that the Landmark of Paris the Eiffel Tower will get a 2.5 metres high bulletproog glass walls as a part of a plan to prevent terrorist attacks at the monument. The overall costing to build the glass wall will be around €20m and it expected to be built later this year at the northern and southern ends of the tower, the city said in a statement. Also Read: Man Shot, Wounded After Attacking Soldiers Outside Louvre Museum In Paris While on the western and eastern sides, "inelegant temporary" barriers will be replaced by the ornate fencing to improve security arrangements. “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,” Deputy mayor Jean-Francois Martins said in a news conference. Also Read: Eiffel Tower Goes Dark In Solidarity To Syrian Civilians In ‘Unbearable’ Situations The glass walls will prevent individuals or vehicles storming the site, which is visited by six million people a year, he added. According to Le Parisien newspaper some councillors said that they feared the walls would turn the tower into a “fortress”. They also expressed their concern that it could turn off tourists who simply want to have their pictures snapped under the tower without visiting the Iron Lady. Martins said visitors would continue to have access to the foot of the tower – after undergoing security checks – free of charge. Removing the existing unsightly barriers would give visitors and locals alike “a nicer view of the monument”, he said. Architects will design the walls so they blend in with the river, which borders the tower to the north, and with the Champ de Mars park to the south, he added. Reportedly, as of now security has been boosted around French tourist sites, transport hubs and places of worship after a string of jihadist attacks that claimed 238 lives around the country between January 2015 and July 2016.