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Eiffel Tower Will Go Dark Early
Eiffel Tower Will Go Dark Early

Eiffel Tower Will Go Dark Early

Move is part of 'energy sobriety' campaign

(Newser) - Paris is taking steps to reduce power consumption by at least 10% amid an energy crisis—and the city's most famous monument is not exempt. Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Tuesday that as of next week, the Eiffel Tower will be going dark earlier than usual, CBS reports. The tower...

Gustave Eiffel 'Would Have a Heart Attack' if He Saw Tower Today

Experts suggest $60M paint job is 'mostly useless' for rust-riddled structure

(Newser) - The 1,083-foot-tall Eiffel Tower is undergoing its "most expensive" and "most inefficient" paint job ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, according to Marianne , which reports the $60 million project will do nothing to treat a significant problem hiding under the Iron Lady's coats: lots...

Eiffel Tower's Olympic Revamp Angers Thousands

125K have signed petition against tree felling

(Newser) - The Eiffel Tower is undergoing a makeover, including a paint job, before the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, though not all Parisians are happy with the planned changes. AFP reports some are "up in arms" over a plan to fell 22 trees near the base of the famous landmark,...

Guy Crushes High Wire From Eiffel Tower Across the Seine

Nathan Paulin walked nearly 2,000 feet on slackline more than 225 feet above the ground

(Newser) - When Nathan Paulin was a kid, he had a fear of heights. He's apparently gotten over that, since he spent part of the weekend traversing a high wire from the Eiffel Tower across the Seine. Reuters reports that the 27-year-old acrobat practiced for four years to make the nearly...

Blowtorch Used on Eiffel Tower Due to Weather

Salt is a no-no

(Newser) - Workers at the Eiffel Tower used a blowtorch to melt the ice collecting on its surfaces amid a European cold snap that had areas in Normandy and Brittany unused to such icy conditions closing highways for lack of snow-clearing equipment. In parts of the Paris region, local authorities halted school...

Eiffel Tower Shut Down Because Somebody Is Climbing It

Firefighters are on the scene

(Newser) - The Eiffel Tower closed down on Monday after a man began trying to scale the Paris monument, the AP reports. A person could be seen dangling just below the third and highest level of the structure. A rescuer dressed in red was just above him. It wasn't immediately clear...

Paris Locked Down Amid Riot Fears
Paris Locked Down
Amid Riot Fears

Paris Locked Down Amid Riot Fears

Eiffel Tower, other sites will be closed

(Newser) - Saturday might not be the best time to take in the sights of Paris: Authorities, fearing a repeat of last week's violent protests, are closing major tourist sites including major museums and the Eiffel Tower, the BBC reports. Thousands of anti-government "gilets jaunes"—"yellow jacket"—...

French Cops Seize 20 Tons of Mini Eiffel Towers

Wholesalers raided in trinket crackdown

(Newser) - French authorities have seized more than 20 tons of mini Eiffel towers as part of a crackdown on the illegal sale of souvenirs. Nine people, including wholesalers, were arrested in connection with the sale of the trinkets, which are often sold near tourist attractions in the French capital by undocumented...

Eiffel Tower Gets a Security Upgrade and Then Some

See-through panels are being set up at the north and south ends of the site

(Newser) - 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 bulletproof glass walls, reports the AP . The company operating France's most-visited monument says see-through panels are being set up at the...

Paris Plans Glass Wall Around Eiffel Tower

It would replace anti-terror metal fencing

(Newser) - Paris authorities say they want to replace the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually appealing glass wall. A statement from Paris City Hall issued Thursday said see-through panels could replace the existing fences at the north and south of the famed monument that were installed...

Eiffel Tower To Be Converted Into Rental Apartment

For a limited time only

(Newser) - Four lucky competition winners are set to be the first people in history to use the Eiffel Tower as a vacation home next month, the AP reports. Rental company HomeAway is taking over part of the first floor of the iconic 984-foot-tall landmark for the duration of the UEFA Euro...

Eiffel Tower: Closed Thanks to ... Pickpockets

Company that manages landmark didn't open today because of worker concerns

(Newser) - The Eiffel Tower closed to the public today as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities said crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police...

Mystery Drones Over Major Sites Rattle Paris

Devices seen near Eiffel Tower, US embassy

(Newser) - Paris remains edgy after terror attacks earlier this year, and the appearance of five unexplained drones overnight isn't helping. "It could be a coordinated action, but we don't know yet," a police source tells the Telegraph of the devices, which were seen at well-known sites including...

Eiffel Tower's $38M Facelift Will Give You Vertigo

Glass floor panels apparently seemed like a good way to mark 125th anniversary

(Newser) - The Eiffel Tower has been given a vertigo-inducing face lift as organizers celebrate the Paris monument's 125th anniversary. The 1,063-foot tower now has see-through glass floor panels on its first level. The four small viewing sections, which cost $38 million, were unveiled to visitors yesterday. Though the first...

Phone Threat Evacuates Eiffel Tower

Security moves to completely clear area; landmark still hasn't reopened

(Newser) - France's iconic Eiffel Tower was evacuated today after a threat, reports AFP , and security forces moved to fully clear the area. The threat came in via telephone, according to a police source who declined to give details. The landmark, which Reuters notes had not reopened by 5:30pm local...

How a Mythic Base Jumper Met His Untimely End

Ed Caesar shares the story of Hervé le Gallou and his mysterious death

(Newser) - Thanks in part to the rise of wingsuits, base jumping has transformed into a popular and professionalized sport, and with that the hallmarks of veteran jumpers—"modesty, caution, patience"—are slowly being erased as a "generation of wingsuit pilots, stimulated by speed and YouTube hits," elbows...

Eiffel Tower Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Nearly 1,400 people leave over anonymous phone call

(Newser) - Police say the Eiffel Tower has been evacuated after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat. A Paris police official says nearly 1,400 people have been evacuated following a request from tower operators after the warning today. Police then searched the monument with sniffer dogs for possible explosives,...

Israeli Leaps to Death From Eiffel Tower

He listened to headphones as rescuers tried to talk him down

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Israeli man managed to climb the Eiffel Tower and leap to his death. Cops spotted the man, wearing a backpack, climbing up the exterior of the landmark after it was closed to the public to the third-level observatory deck of the tower, which is close to 1,000...

Eiffel Tower Evacuated in Bomb Scare

About 2,000 people cleared from site

(Newser) - Paris police evacuated the Eiffel Tower today after someone phoned in an anonymous bomb threat, the BBC reports. They cleared about 2,000 people in all from the tower and surrounding park, moving about half to the banks of the River Seine. Bomb-sniffing dogs were going through the area. French...

Rollerblader Leaps From Eiffel Tower, Sets Record

(Newser) - A Rollerblader broke a world record on Saturday, jumping from the French landmark onto a huge ramp while thousands of spectators below cheered him on—and into the ranks of the Guinness Book of World Records. It took world champion skater Taig Khris two attempts to complete the feat; he...

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