FRANCE 24 takes a sneak peek at plans for the future bulletproof glass enclosure to be built around the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as part of a security upgrade in response to the ongoing threat of terrorism in the country.
The nearly 3-metre-tall enclosure was announced by Paris officials last month, and will replace the landmark’s current security perimeter – made up of safety barricades – which was first put in place in 2012. It was reinforced this past summer during the 2016 UEFA European football championship amid fears the tower was a major target for terrorists.
The Paris-based architect Dietmar Feichtinger has been selected to build the enclosure. His firm, Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, also designed the Simone de Beauvoir bridge connecting the capital’s eastern 12th and 13th arrondissements (districts), as well as the new entrance to the historic Mont Saint-Michel, in the northwest of France.