The French government has planned to build a wall around the Eiffel Tower after two devastating years of terrorist attacks that have taken a toll on the nation.
The Daily Caller reported:
The French government is erecting an 8.2 foot, bulletproof glass wall around its most famous tourist attraction, the Eiffel Tower, following two years of terror.
The wall was approved in January by the Paris City Council and will cost around $20 million. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The wall will replace an existing fence put up last summer.
Thousands of soldiers patrol the streets of Paris to prevent another terror attack. A soldier foiled a terror attack at the Louvre museum Feb. 3 after shooting an Egyptian knifeman.
“The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures,” Deputy Mayor Jean-Francois Martins said. “We will replace the metal grids to the north and south with glass panels which will allow Parisians and visitors a very pleasant view of the monument.”
Paris, normally a huge tourist draw, has struggled after 230 people have been killed in terrorist attacks since 2015.
Some Parisians aren’t too happy about the wall, however.
“It’s pure madness!” Paris resident Bernard Thiebaut, a retired electrical engineer, told USA Today on Wednesday. “It’s not just a physical barrier, it’s also a philosophical and a psychological barrier.”
And it’s also a reality of what the world is facing today. I’d bet that if the Tower were attacked, people that aren’t happy about the wall might have a different outlook about it in hindsight.
Europe is a prime example of what happens when people bury their heads in the sand about radical Islamic terror. Fortunately, some in Europe are at least making some efforts to protect themselves, or in this case, their historic sites that generate a great deal of revenue.