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The Eiffel Tower reopens to visitors after six-day strike

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  •   02-26-2024  1:29 am
  •   Pax Global Media

The Eiffel Tower reopens to visitors after six-day strike
The Eiffel Tower has reopened. (File photo)
Pax Global Media

One of the world’s most famous monuments has reopened to visitors after a six-day closure due to strike action.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France resumed operations on Sunday (Feb. 25) after employees walked off the job last Monday (Feb. 19) in a dispute over the way the tower was being managed, the Associated Press reports.

Société d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), which operates the famous French landmark, said a deal was reached with unions on Saturday (Feb. 24).

It was the second strike the Eiffel Tower has seen in the last three months as the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris inches closer.

Bad luck

As France's symbol in the world, the Eiffel Tower welcomes about seven million visitors a year – 75 per cent of whom are foreigners, according to the attraction’s website.

Tourists that had planned to visit the 330-meter-high structure, and ride its elevators to the very top, where a sky-high observation deck overlooking Paris awaits, were out of luck last week during the workers strike.

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SETE apologized to ticket holders, saying they would be reimbursed for bookings impacted by the closure, which resulted in the loss of some 100,000 admissions, reports say.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris has reopened. (Pax Global Media/file photo)

The operator said in a statement it reached an agreement with unions representing the workers after promising to allocate an “ambitious 380 million euro (about $412 million) investment by 2031” for renovation work.

Salary negotiations launched this week and are expected to be finalized next month. Workers have been demanding an increase in pay that’s proportionate to revenue from ticket sales, AP reports.

Let the games begin

The 135-year-old Eiffel Tower will feature prominently in the July 26-Aug. 11 Paris Games and the following Paralympics.

The Olympic and Paralympic medals in Paris are being embedded with pieces from a hexagonal chunk of iron taken from the tower.

The Olympics, which were last hosted in France 100 years ago, will not only take place in venues across Paris, but also in 16 other French cities, including one overseas region (Tahiti).

City tourism offices say up to 15.9 million people could visit Paris from July to September when the games (and other festivities) take place.

Rendering of a venue concept for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. (paris2024.org)

“Paris 2024," as the Summer Olympic Games are known, is unique as organizers take events out of stadiums and place them in public spaces, where iconic buildings will serve as a backdrop.

Spaces that usually host throngs of tourists, like park space near the Eiffel Tower, will be transformed into sporting venues.

Last year, the Eiffel Tower – which is usually open 365 days a year – was closed for 10 days amid protests against the French government’s plan to reform the country’s pension system.


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