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Paris has finally been chosen to host the 2024 Olympic Games after three failed attempts. As plans are revealed for a new bulletproof glass wall around the Eiffel Tower, it’s clear that authorities are refusing to let terrorism get in the way of this historic event.
There are many changes that need to be made to the city in anticipation of the 2024 Olympics, and assuring that Paris is safe to visit despite the threat of terrorism remains at the forefront of concerns.
As part of the planned safety measures, a new bulletproof glass wall will be built around two sides of the Eiffel Tower. The glass walls will be 2.5 meters high, running along Quai Branly and Avenue Gustave-Eiffel. It’s a project that will cost around €20 million, Le Parisien paper reported.
The towering bulletproof walls will prevent any dangerous individuals or high-speed vehicles causing harm, being constructed out of transparent material so as to not ruin the pleasure of seeing this beautiful historic monument. The landmark is visited by six million people each year.
“The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures,” said Deputy Mayor Jean-Francois Martins in The Local, who is in charge of tourism at the Paris City Hall. He added that visitors will still be able to enjoy “a very pleasant view” of the monument from the Champs de Mars and the Pont d’Iena.
The monument is currently protected by a metal fence until plans are put into action, using the same temporary security measures that were put in place before the Euro 2016 football tournament. But the drastic bulletproof measures come after a string of recent terror attacks targeting iconic monuments like the Notre Dame cathedral and the Louvre museum.
With these changes, the entry process will also have to be amended, and people have to pass through the gardens. What’s more is that everyone will have to pass through security checks, whether they were hoping to climb to the top of the tower or not. There’ll be peace of mind, but no more casual wandering strolls.