‘I‘m closed’: Eiffel Tower shuts down amid sweeping strike by unions in France
"Due to a national strike, I'm closed today. Access to my esplanade remains open and free of charge," the Eiffel Tower's Twitter account warned on Friday.
SETE, the organization running the famous tower, said the number of staff present on-site "does not allow visitors to be accommodated in optimal security and reception conditions," as quoted by Le Parisien newspaper.
🇫🇷 En raison du mouvement de grève national, je suis fermée aujourd'hui. Mon parvis reste néanmoins accessible gratuitement.🇬🇧 Due to a national strike, I'm closed today. Access to my esplanade remains open and free of charge.#tourEiffel#EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/CIsY2RPezy— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) January 24, 2020
So far, only the Eiffel Tower has been fully shut down, with the Versailles complex and the Louvre Museum warning visitors that closures could happen.
It is the third time that the Eiffel Tower has been closed since the start of the strikes in early December, SETE told AFP.
Bonjour, the Eiffel Tower is closed today but access to its esplanade remains open and free of charge. We apologize for the inconvenience. Bonne journée !— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) January 24, 2020
The closure comes amid ongoing nationwide rallies, which intensified this Friday – the day that France's Council of Ministers will decide the fate of the divisive pension reform bill.
Union activists gathered in eastern Paris today, marching all the way to the city center. Similar rallies were held in other cities, as hopes to derail the reform plans are still high.Also on rt.com Striking Paris Opera artists perform outdoor concert against pension reforms – while Macron flees theater amid protests (VIDEOS)
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