Eiffel Tower closes as staff go on strike

AFP , Wednesday 27 Dec 2023

The Eiffel Tower, one of the world's prime tourist attractions, was closed Wednesday after staff went on strike, the tower's operator said.

Eiffel Tower
A board warns about a strike at the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday in Paris. The Eiffel Tower was shut down to visitors because of a strike over contract negotiations, the day the Paris monument marks 100 years since the death of its creator, Gustave Eiffel. AP


The strike on the 100th anniversary of the death of engineer Gustave Eiffel, who built the tower, was to protest "the current way it is managed", the hard-left CGT union said in a statement.

The tower's operator SETE was "headed for disaster", it said.

SETE apologized to visitors, advising anyone with electronic tickets for Wednesday "to check their email".

The Eiffel Tower, Paris's most famous landmark, attracts nearly seven million visitors a year, around three-quarters of them foreigners.

Eiffel died on December 27, 1923, at the age of 91

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