Paris to protect Eiffel Tower from terrorism with bulletproof walls

The November 2015 Paris attacks–the worst in France’s history–have been followed by a slew of stabbings, shootings, vehicle rammings and attacks with hammers. With the terror threat in France, and in Paris in particular, at an all-time high, deputy mayor Jean-François Martins says more measures should be taken to protect not only the people of Paris but one of its most famous monuments: the Eiffel Tower.

Earlier this year, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that €20 million would be spent to erect two 8-foot bulletproof glass walls on north and south side of the tower, and protective fencing will replace metal barriers that have guarded the tower since the 2016 Euro football tournament. Preliminary steps to replace the barriers began yesterday.

No free romance

Whereas previously couples could ramble up to the tower’s grounds, gratis, visitors will now have to clear the barriers and be watched by watched by surveillance cameras. There are also plans in place to reduce the amount of time visitors spend in line waiting to climb the famous tower.

Three aims

“We have three aims: improve the look, make access easier and strengthen the protection of visitors and staff,” Martins said when announcing the project. The walls and barriers should help reduce the chance of an attack, including a vehicle attack, near the tower, which is visited by more than 7 million people annually.

An artist rendering of the glass wall that is being built around the Eiffel tower.