Americans are still waiting for a border wall, with the most recent news revealing that no contracts have been awarded to construction firms and construction has yet to begin.
But France is set to get a wall of their own by the end of the year.
Unlike Trump’s plan, this barrier won’t be erected on the French border. It’s instead set to surround the Eiffel Tower to shield it from terrorist attacks.
Last month, the Paris city council approved a $20 million bulletproof glass wall, just over 8 feet high, that will surround the iconic tower.
The Daily Signal editor Jarrett Stepman describes his experience visiting the City of Lights that has sadly been getting dimmer with the multitude of attacks in recent years:
I recently had the opportunity to visit France as a tourist, and enjoyed it immensely. The food was amazing (of course), and the service surprisingly friendly.
Perhaps this is because the country has been inundated by terrorist attacks and the people are just happy that tourists still decide to show up. A recent report showed that the tourism industry in Paris suffered a stunning $750 million drop and a decline of about a million visitors from 2015 to 2016.
The heightened level of security struck me as I traveled through the northern part of the country, especially when I was in Paris. The City of Lights is now constantly patrolled by men in military uniforms with rifles at the ready.
When I visited the Hôtel National des Invalides, a national military history museum, a soldier with rifle drawn sifted through my belongings at the gate to make sure I didn’t have anything suspicious.
These are scenes that, fortunately, are still quite uncommon in the United States.
While Americans have become exasperatingly used to heightened security at airports and public events—where the Transportation Security Administration obnoxiously shakes down grandmas looking for bombs—we still haven’t been subjected to a constant military presence on this level.
But who is to say it isn’t necessary at this point? The soldiers in France, while unnerving, at least demonstrate that force will be met with force.
Since the massive 2015 terrorist attack in Paris that took the lives of over 200 people and injured countless more, there have been numerous other incidents and arrests.
In the past few months alone, there have been attacks at the Louvre, Notre-Dame, and Champs-Élysées. The most recent attempted attack took place at Champs-Élysées, in which a van loaded with an AK-47 rifle, handguns, and a glass bottle rammed a police van.
Fortunately, that attack was stopped before any innocent people could be killed. The attacker, who was killed by police, had been on a terrorist watch list.
Sadly, Paris, like many other European cities, has become ground zero for relentless Islamic terrorist attacks.
Stepman adds: “In a country proudly obsessed with art, beauty, and romance, the Eiffel Tower barrier will be an obnoxious eyesore and a reminder that war and violence is just a breath away in the seemingly pacific city of romance.”
At least France is taking some steps to protect their citizens against bloodshed, although terrorists can still attack from anywhere — including right outside the glass wall of the Eiffel Tower. The landmark would be kept safe but the lives of innocent bystanders in the crowded area could still be easily taken.
France really needs to be taking bigger steps and stop the influx of refugees into their country in the first place.
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