Eiffel Tower to get anti-terrorist glass barrier round base


he Eiffel Tower is seen at sunset in Paris. (Reuters photo)

PARIS - The Eiffel Tower, one of the world's most famous landmarks, will get a glass wall built round its base under a plan to provide extra protection against terrorist attacks, a source in the Paris mayor's office said on Thursday.

The 324-metre-high structure, which gets about 7 million visitors a year, already has protective metal fencing around its base, erected temporarily for the Euro football championship of 2016.

France has been hit by Islamist militant attacks including bombings and shootings in Paris in November 2015 in which 130 people were killed.

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