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See what the Eiffel Tower's bulletproof glass wall would look like

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See what the Eiffel Tower's bulletproof glass wall would look like
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Paris's most famous monument the Eiffel Tower is going to be partly surrounded by a bulletproof glass wall. Take a look at what it could look like.

If you've been past the Eiffel Tower lately you may have noticed that an unsightly metal fence surrounds it. 

The unattractive structure is a temporary security measure that was introduced before the Euro 2016 football tournament.

However it has hung around until now in response to recent terror threats to the city's main tourist attractions.

Authorities plan to replace the metal structure with a new three-metre high wall, made of bulletproof glass, which will be installed on the Northern and Southern sides, along the Quai Branly and Avenue Gustave-Eiffel.

The rest of the perimeter, on the east and the west sides, which is through the park, will surrounded by metal grills

As one of the city's most visited and photographed tourist attractions, the glass used will be "extra clear white glass, because authorities don't want the added security measures to ruin the monument's beauty.

Simulations of what these glass walls would look like have been published in Le Parisien newspaper to show the minimal visual impact the wall would have. 

Le Parisien claims it has had access to the planning application put together by architects Dietmar Feichtinger. 

 

Although the glass may be more attractive than the current metal fence, many Parisians are unhappy with the plans.

Twitter user Sylvie Gantois questioned the estimated €20 million cost of the project:

Others protested the wall's ugliness, condemning Hidalgo for her poor taste: 

Another twitter user worried that terrorists could find ways to get around the wall, with either 

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