Eiffel Tower Closed as Staff Go on Strike

Thu Dec 28 2023
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PARIS: One of the world’s top tourist attractions, Eiffel Tower, was closed on Wednesday after staff went on strike, Western media reported.

The strike came on the 100th the death of anniversary of the builder of the tower engineer Gustave Eiffel. The protesters were demanding the relevent authorities to change their way to manage the Eiffel Tower.

According to reports the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous landmark, attracts nearly seven million tourists each year.

Stephane Dieu, a CGT union representative at the Eiffel Tower, told media that the monument was not funded sufficiently to pay for the much-needed maintenance work.

He said that the tower is 130 years old and some of its lifts were installed in 1899. He said that the management of the iconic tower will run out of cash in 2025 unless a financial deal could be made with the administration of Paris.

Some visitors who wanted to go up the 1,083-foot structure expressed their frustration when they denied entry to the Paris’s landmark due to the strike.

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The builder of the tower Gustave Eiffel died on December 27, 1923, at the age of 91. He had created number of other projects but known for designing and bundling the Eiffel Tower.

He built many railway bridges using his metal wizardry. He also built lighthouses in Finland and Madagascar, Pest railway station in Hungary, the structure of the Saigon Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City, and the iron structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

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