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Eiffel Tower goes dark for Earth Hour

The global event, organized by environmental group WWF to push for action on climate change and other man-made threats to the planet, sees nearly 200 major landmarks around the world unplugged at 8:30 pm local time for its 13th annual edition

Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase sells for 169,000 euros in Paris auction

A piece of the original spiral staircase from the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous attraction, was sold for 169,000 euros ($190,885) on Tuesday, a spokesman for auction house Artcurial said, three times the initial estimate. The successful bidder, an unidentified collector from the Middle East, acquired a section of the 129-year-old iron landmark that measures 4.3 meters (14 feet) in height, weighs about 900 kilos (1,984 pounds) and includes about 25 steps. The piece, which came from a private collection in…

20 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Towers seized

PARIS: French police have seized 20 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Towers as part of a crackdown on the souvenirs which are offered illegally to tourists at visitor hotspots around Paris, security sources told AFP. The small metal trinkets are sold for as little as five for one euro at places such as the Louvre museum or outside the real Eiffel Tower, usually by African migrants who play a game of cat-and-mouse with police. A joint investigation involving French immigration authorities led to raids on three Chinese…

Eiffel tower to reopen after strike over long queues

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower plans to test a new access policy for visitors after management reached a deal to end a strike by workers complaining of "monstrous" waits at the Paris landmark. The monument reopened Friday after workers walked off the job Wednesday to protest at a new access policy that allocates separate lifts to visitors with pre-booked tickets and those who buy them on site. The tower now sets aside half of daily tickets for internet customers, who must choose specific time slots for their visit, up from…

Eiffel Tower shuts as workers strike over long visitor queues

PARIS: Staff at the Eiffel Tower walked out on strike on Wednesday in a dispute over lengthening queues at the Paris landmark, forcing it to close during the peak summer tourist season. Talks between the CGT trade union and the tower’s management over a new access system - which according to workers was responsible for “monstrous” lines of visitors - reached deadlock on Wednesday afternoon, and the site closed at 4 pm (1400 GMT). It was not clear whether the strike would continue on Thursday. The new system, which…