Eiffel Tower to get anti-terrorist glass barrier round base

People walking past security gates at the Eiffel Tower. A 2,50 meter-high bullet-proof glass is to be set around the Eiffel tower to protect it and secure its access. (AFP)
Updated 09 February 2017
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Eiffel Tower to get anti-terrorist glass barrier round base

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower, one of the world’s most famous landmarks, will get a glass wall built round its base under a plan to provide extra protection against terrorist attacks, a source in the Paris mayor’s office said on Thursday.
The 324-meter-high structure, which gets about seven million visitors a year, already has protective metal fencing around its base, erected temporarily for the Euro football championship of 2016.
France has been hit by Islamist militant attacks including bombings and shootings in Paris in November 2015 in which 130 people were killed.
Glass panels two-and-a-half meters high would be erected around the base of the tower as an anti-terrorist measure if the plans are approved, the source said. The project would go before a sites commission and then the environment ministry.
“We have three aims: improve the look, make access easier and strengthen the protection of visitors and staff,” Jean-Francois Martins, a city official, said in a statement.
The cost of the project will be around 20 million euros ($21.36 million), le Parisien newspaper said. 


Man arrested after UK Parliament attack named as Salih Khater

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Man arrested after UK Parliament attack named as Salih Khater

  • Police arrested a 29-year-old man after he appeared to drive his car at cyclists and pedestrians before ramming his car into barriers
  • Counter-terror detectives are working to uncover the motive behind the attack

LONDON: A man detained on Tuesday on suspicion of deliberately targeting pedestrians outside Britain’s parliament is Salih Khater, a British citizen of Sudanese origin who was not previously known to intelligence agencies, a European security source said.
Police arrested a 29-year-old man after he appeared to drive his car at cyclists and pedestrians before ramming his car into barriers.
Press Association reported Wednesday that a Facebook page for a man of the same name says he lives in Birmingham, works as a shop manager, and has studied at Sudan University of Science and Technology.
“It is still being treated as terrorism but the motive is unknown as yet,” said a European security source. Police have not given any further details about the man’s identity.
Counter-terror detectives are working to uncover the motive behind what they suspect is the fourth vehicle attack in Britain in 18 months.