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Paris erects Eiffel Tower anti-terror walls

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By Alice Cuddy  with Reuters
Paris erects Eiffel Tower anti-terror walls
Copyright  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Paris is erecting bulletproof walls and metal fences around the Eiffel Tower in a move aimed at protecting the famous monument from terrorist attacks.

Glass walls measuring 6.5 centimetres thick and metal railings will replace temporary barriers placed around the tower in June 2016.

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The new glass security fence, that is under constructioni, is seen around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 14, 2018.REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Bollards will also be positioned on the main roads surrounding the landmark to protect it against potential truck attacks.

The security measures, erected as part of a €35 million project, seek to reassure visitors following high-profile terror attacks in recent years.

The 324-metre-tall Eiffel Tower attracts some seven million tourists a year.

The majority of the changes are set to be completed ahead of France’s Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, which traditionally includes a large firework display at the monument.