Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower

(AP Photo/Francois Mori). Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society poses in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Pari... (AP Photo/Francois Mori). Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society poses in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Pari...
(AP Photo/Francois Mori). Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society poses in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Pari... (AP Photo/Francois Mori). Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society poses in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Pari...
(AP Photo/Francois Mori). Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society, second left, stands in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June... (AP Photo/Francois Mori). Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society, second left, stands in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June...
(AP Photo/Francois Mori). View of a new metal barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually... (AP Photo/Francois Mori). View of a new metal barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually...
(AP Photo/Francois Mori). French soldier patrols during a press visit of the new security barriers under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing... (AP Photo/Francois Mori). French soldier patrols during a press visit of the new security barriers under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing...

By SYLVIE CORBET
Associated Press

PARIS (AP) - Goodbye metal fencing, hello glass walls: Paris authorities are building a permanent security belt around the Eiffel Tower, replacing the current fencing around it with more visually appealing glass walls.

The company operating France's most-visited monument says see-through panels are being set up at the north and south ends of the site. Each panel, made from over 6-centimeter (2.36-inch) thick armored glass, measures 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) high and weighs 1.5 tons.

In all, 450 glass panels will compose the two walls north and south of the monument.

Two graphic grids have been erected on the two other sides of the site and bollards against vehicle ramming attacks will be set up all around.

French soldiers and police will keep patrolling outside and inside the area, as they have done since the deadly November 2015 attacks in the French capital.

The glass walls being installed allow visitors to admire the views from the nearby Champ-de-Mars gardens to the other side of the Seine River that cuts through Paris.

The renovation, which will also embellish the gardens beneath the tower, is part of a 300 million euro ($350 million) project announced last year to modernize the 129-year-old tower that has become the most recognized landmark in Paris.

The security renovation should be completed by September.

"When you are on site, you see that the 3-meter high walls, compared to the scale of the monument, are absolutely not visible," said Jose Luis Fuentes, an architect at Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, which is in charge of the project. "It will really look as if the square (under the Eiffel Tower) was open."

Between 6 and 7 million people visit the Eiffel Tower every year.

___

Catherine Gaschka in Paris contributed.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Entertainment newsMore>>

  • Fans grieve as detectives search for XXXTentacion's killers

    Fans grieve as detectives search for XXXTentacion's killers

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:31 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:31:32 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:22 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:22:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/Terry Spencer). Fans and mourners of rap singer XXXTentacion pause by a memorial, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, outside Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where the troubled rapper-singer was killed the day before. The 20-year-old rising st...(AP Photo/Terry Spencer). Fans and mourners of rap singer XXXTentacion pause by a memorial, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, outside Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where the troubled rapper-singer was killed the day before. The 20-year-old rising st...
    A stream of mourners has been leaving mementos at the spot where rapper XXXTentacion was killed as he left a Florida motorcycle dealership.More >>
    A stream of mourners has been leaving mementos at the spot where rapper XXXTentacion was killed as he left a Florida motorcycle dealership.More >>
  • Maddow breaks down reading AP story on 'tender age' shelters

    Maddow breaks down reading AP story on 'tender age' shelters

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:31 AM EDT2018-06-20 05:31:19 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:15 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:15:43 GMT
    (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File). FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo, MSNBC television anchor Rachel Maddow, host of the Rachel Maddow Show, moderates a panel, at a forum called "Perspectives on National Security," at the John F. Kennedy School of Go...(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File). FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo, MSNBC television anchor Rachel Maddow, host of the Rachel Maddow Show, moderates a panel, at a forum called "Perspectives on National Security," at the John F. Kennedy School of Go...
    MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow broke down while trying to read an exclusive Associated Press story about babies and toddlers taken from their parents at the southern border and being sent to "tender age"...More >>
    MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow broke down while trying to read an exclusive Associated Press story about babies and toddlers taken from their parents at the southern border and being sent to "tender age" shelters.More >>
  • Saudi entertainment chief sacked after conservative backlash

    Saudi entertainment chief sacked after conservative backlash

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 5:00 AM EDT2018-06-19 09:00:37 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:12 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:12:28 GMT
    Saudi King Salman has sacked the head of the country's entertainment authority after religiously-conservative citizens took to social media to denounce a Russian circus show that showed female performers in...More >>
    Saudi King Salman has sacked the head of the country's entertainment authority after religiously-conservative citizens took to social media to denounce a Russian circus show that showed female performers in tightly-fitted attire.More >>
Powered by Frankly