The Deputy Mayor said that the risk of terrorism in Paris hasn’t gone away, so they are not going to build a ‘wall’ around the Eiffel Tower, it’s going to be an ‘aesthetic perimeter’.
A new, $22 million clear glass structure is going to be built around the famous tower to replace the temporary metal barriers that have been put up sporadically since 2015. The barriers have stayed in place since France hosted the Euro 2016 Soccer Championships. Although the barriers have been helpful with security, they have ‘spoiled the view’.
The protective barrier that will be built is not a wall, but will have wall-like qualities.
“Sadly, the risk of terrorism hasn’t gone away,” deputy mayor Jean-François Martins said at a Paris press conference. “It’s not a wall, it’s an aesthetic perimeter.”
Martins wouldn’t confirm a report in Thursday’s Le Parisien newspaper that a clear glass structure would be built around the tower’s esplanade. The form the new structure takes will depend on solutions proposed in response to the city’s call for tenders, he said…
…The new perimeter will include the space under the tower, as well as two ponds on either side of it, an area roughly 200 by 300 meters. It must be able to stop bullets and vehicles, he said. Tourists will be free to enter the area after a security check, with payment required only to go up the Tower itself…
… “What scares tourists is lack of security, not security,” he said. The new structure will be the most visible and permanent change to the Paris landscape in response to terrorists.
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Do you realize what this means for America?
Now that’s an ‘Aesthetic Perimeter’.
It is big, beautiful and enhances the view, as well as assisting in security.