Alex O'Brien

News

Mon, 25 May, 2015

Eiffel Tower closed because of pickpockets

Eiffel Tower closed because of pickpockets

The Eiffel Tower was closed to the public for most of the day Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.

The protest came a day after Paris authorities announced that crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police presence and video surveillance. 

The staff’s concern about petty crime around the site was the reason they gave for the tower not opening on Friday morning. 

It remained closed while staff and management held meetings about security measures, then reopened in the late afternoon, according to the company that manages the site. The tower is normally open every day of the year, but sometimes closes briefly for bomb threats or strikes.

Tower employee Denis Vavassori of the CGT union said the workers want a permanent police presence. “It is a growing problem. There were always pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower but now we are really facing an organised group,” he told the Associated Press.

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