Plans are in place for a new bulletproof glass wall which will hopefully protect the Eiffel Tower from terrorist attacks.
Authorities in France revealed, according to a latest news report from Le Parisian, that there are workable plans to seal off the country’s most iconic monument.
The newspaper report says a metal fence with a 2.5-meter transparent wall will be erected around the Paris tower as a replacement for the current one. This barrier will run through Quai Branly and Avenue Gustave-Eiffel.
Visitors will be required to pass through security checks to gain access into the enclosure, even if they do not wish to climb the tower.
The Eiffel Tower’s current fence was built shortly before the 2016 European Championships as a temporary measure.
However, with plans to destroy and replace the walls are already in place. The new project will gulp an estimated $28 million, according to the report.
Authorities believe the new security measures will ensure that people are safe within the walls as well as help preserve the historical site.
“What a shame. While I can understand the security aspect, this new plan is going to spoil the area a bit,” said a 37-year-old lady named Sarah.
“The best way to enjoy the tower is to see it from underneath.
“It will be annoying if you can’t get there easily, especially for people who have traveled from abroad.”
Deputy mayor Jean-Francois Martins told a news conference: “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.
“The glass walls will prevent individuals or vehicles storming the site, which is visited by six million people a year,” he added.
The bulletproof glass wall won’t be the only upgrade on the iconic 128-year-old monument.
Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, announced that a over $300 million will be invested in the next 15 years to improve tourists’ experiences.
On 3 February, an Egyptian named Andullah Reda al-Hamahmy carried out attacks on soldiers guarding the Louvre museum in Paris. The 29-year-old’s attack inspired plans for effective security measures around the country.
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