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Eiffel Tower security boost: Bulletproof glass wall to protect against terrorists

Eiffel Tower security boost: Bulletproof glass wall to protect against terrorists”

Work has started on the bulletproof wall along the base of the structure in a bid to stop any potential terror attacks at the world's most visited monument. The majestic tower, built between 1887 and 1889 and thrown open to the public on March 31, 1889, is something everyone wants to see at least once in a lifetime.

Last month a man armed with a knife tried to force his way through a security checkpoint at the Eiffel Tower, but he was quickly overpowered and disarmed. It is useful in terms of security, but it spoils the monument.

A bulletproof glass wall will be installed around the monument's gardens under the 30-million-euro ($36-million), nine-month works, the city's tourism chief, Jean-Francois Martins, told AFP. The Eiffel Tower already has a permanent police patrol.

Architecture firm Populous and engineering group Egis are in charge of the project, and their renderings, approved last week by the Olympic committee, show that the Volleyball stadium will sit squarely in the Champ des Mars, the large green space that begins at the foot of the tower, stretching away from the river towards the military academy.

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Now, the monument is set to get added security after the city councilors unanimously voted in favour of building these glass walls for safety against a "particularly high terrorist threat".

Some 7,000 troops have been deployed under an anti-terrorism operation known as Sentinelle, patrolling streets and guarding tourist hotspots, since the jihadist attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015.

A two-year project to repaint the 128-year-old wrought-iron tower will kick off in 2018, as well as refurbishment of its elevators, which will take two years longer.

However, Martins said that the plans to construct an underground shopping gallery have been cancelled. By Joe Quirke0 CommentsA team comprising USA architect Populous and French engineer Egis is to develop the 38 venues for Paris' 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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