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

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.

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

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 


Eiffel Tower reopens from its longest closure since World War II

The Eiffel Tower reopened to visitors on Friday for the first time in nine months following its longest closure since World War II.

Eiffel Tower reopens from its longest closure since World War II
The Eiffel Tower reopens on Friday. Photo: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP

The lifts of the Dame de fer (Iron Lady) are set to whir back into life, transporting tourists to its 300-metre summit, ending a long period of inactivity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Daily capacity is restricted to 13,000 people, however, about half of the normal level, in order to respect social distancing.

And from Wednesday next week, visitors will need to show either proof of vaccination or a negative test, in line with recent government-imposed requirements on the pass sanitaire (health passport).

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“Obviously it’s an additional operational complication, but it’s manageable,” the head of the operating company, Jean-François Martins, told AFP.

After a final round of safety checks by staff, he announced that the “lady is ready”.

Early reservations for tickets during the summer holiday period underline how the tourism industry in Paris has changed due to travel restrictions.

Martins said there was an “almost total absence” of British ticket holders, while only 15 percent were Americans and very few are from Asia.

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Half of visitors are expected to be French, while Italians and Spanish make up a higher proportion than usual.

The long closure has caused havoc with the finances of the operating company, Sete, which runs the monument on behalf of Paris city authorities.

It is set to seek additional government aid and a fresh €60-million cash injection to stay afloat, having seen its revenues fall by 75 percent to €25 million in 2020.

The masterpiece by architect Gustave Eiffel has also been hit by problems linked to its latest paint job, the 20th time it has been repainted since its construction in 1889.

Work was halted in February because of high levels of lead detected on the site, which poses a health risk to workers.

Tests are still underway and painting is set to resume only in the autumn, meaning a part of the facade is obscured by scaffolding and safety nets.