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France: Eiffel Tower closed due to staff strike – 2024-02-20 01:50:36

The Eiffel Tower, one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, was closed today due to a strike by its staff, unions told AFP.

The strike, which was called in protest at the financial management of this French capital landmark, could be extended, they said.

The tower’s management company, SETE, said on its website that “visits to the memorial will be affected today” and advised those with tickets to check notices on its website before going there or postpone their visit.

E-ticket holders were asked to check their email for more information.

Today’s strike at the Eiffel Tower is the second to take place in two months for the same reason.

Unions have criticized SETE for its business model, which they say is based on overestimating the number of future visitors while underestimating operating costs.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris’ most famous landmark, attracts nearly seven million visitors a year, about three-quarters of whom are foreign tourists, according to its website.

During the Covid pandemic visitor numbers fell dramatically due to venue closures and travel restrictions, but have recovered to generate revenue of 5.9 million in 2022.

Visitor numbers to Paris are expected to increase dramatically this summer as the French capital hosts the Olympics.

In a joint statement, the CGT and FO unions appealed to the city of Paris “to be reasonable with its financial demands to ensure the survival of the monument and the company that manages it”.

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