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Stuck Above Paris, Couple
Decides to Take the Plunge
Oct 19, 2023 7:15 PM CDT
Stuck Above Paris, Couple Decides to Take the Plunge
Tourists sit while police catch Eiffel Tower climber
- Police arrested a man climbing Thursday on the Eiffel Tower, leading to visitors being temporarily stranded at the summit—including a reporter for the AP and a Washington, DC, couple who decided during the wait to get married. Amir Khan had been planning to propose to Kat Warren later Thursday...
Eiffel Tower Jump
Aug 17, 2023 3:40 PM CDT
Parachutist Arrested After Eiffel Tower Jump
Paris landmark has had intrusions, bomb threats in past week
- Security personnel were unable to prevent a man from parachuting off the Eiffel Tower early Thursday, but he was arrested after landing safely on the roof of a Paris sports center. Police reported that the jumper was spotted less than a minute after arriving; he then climbed a column and...
Places to Not Fall Asleep
While Drunk in Paris
Aug 15, 2023 10:30 AM CDT
Places to Not Fall Asleep While Drunk in Paris
2 American tourists spent the night in the Eiffel Tower, delaying its opening by an hour
- When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Paris, don't do as these two Americans did. As AFP reports, Eiffel Tower security guards making their rounds early Monday before the Parisian icon's 9am opening found a rather unusual and unwelcome surprise in the form of two...
Eiffel Tower Will Go Dark Early
Sep 14, 2022 1:23 PM CDT
Eiffel Tower Will Go Dark Early
Move is part of 'energy sobriety' campaign
- Paris is taking steps to reduce power consumption by at least 10% amid an energy crisis—and the city's most famous monument is not exempt. Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Tuesday that as of next week, the Eiffel Tower will be going dark earlier than usual, CBS reports. The tower...
'Would Have a Heart
Attack' if He Saw
Jul 6, 2022 10:00 AM CDT
Gustave Eiffel 'Would Have a Heart Attack' if He Saw Tower Today
Experts suggest $60M paint job is 'mostly useless' for rust-riddled structure
- The 1,083-foot-tall Eiffel Tower is undergoing its "most expensive" and "most inefficient" paint job ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, according to
, which reports the $60 million project will do nothing to treat a significant problem hiding under the Iron Lady's coats: lots...
May 4, 2022 8:10 AM CDT
Eiffel Tower's Olympic Revamp Angers Thousands
125K have signed petition against tree felling
- The Eiffel Tower is undergoing a makeover, including a paint job, before the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, though not all Parisians are happy with the planned changes. AFP reports some are "up in arms" over a plan to fell 22 trees near the base of the famous landmark,...
High Wire From
Across the Seine
Sep 20, 2021 10:45 AM CDT
Guy Crushes High Wire From Eiffel Tower Across the Seine
Nathan Paulin walked nearly 2,000 feet on slackline more than 225 feet above the ground
- When Nathan Paulin was a kid, he had a fear of heights. He's apparently gotten over that, since he spent part of the weekend traversing a high wire from the Eiffel Tower across the Seine. Reuters reports that the 27-year-old acrobat practiced for four years to make the nearly...
Blowtorch Used on
Eiffel Tower Due to Weather
Feb 10, 2021 11:36 AM CST
Blowtorch Used on Eiffel Tower Due to Weather
Salt is a no-no
- Workers at the Eiffel Tower used a blowtorch to melt the ice collecting on its surfaces amid a European cold snap that had areas in Normandy and Brittany unused to such icy conditions closing highways for lack of snow-clearing equipment. In parts of the Paris region, local authorities halted school...
Shut Down Because
Somebody Is Climbing It
May 20, 2019 1:07 PM CDT
Eiffel Tower Shut Down Because Somebody Is Climbing It
Firefighters are on the scene
- The Eiffel Tower closed down on Monday after a man began trying to scale the Paris monument, the AP reports. A person could be seen dangling just below the third and highest level of the structure. A rescuer dressed in red was just above him. It wasn't immediately clear...
Paris Locked Down
Amid Riot Fears
Dec 7, 2018 5:46 AM CST
Paris Locked Down Amid Riot Fears
Eiffel Tower, other sites will be closed
- Saturday might not be the best time to take in the sights of Paris: Authorities, fearing a repeat of last week's violent protests, are closing major tourist sites including major museums and the Eiffel Tower, the BBC reports. Thousands of anti-government "gilets jaunes"—"yellow jacket"—...
Seize 20 Tons of
Mini Eiffel Towers
Sep 21, 2018 3:16 AM CDT
French Cops Seize 20 Tons of Mini Eiffel Towers
Wholesalers raided in trinket crackdown
- French authorities have seized more than 20 tons of mini Eiffel towers as part of a crackdown on the illegal sale of souvenirs. Nine people, including wholesalers, were arrested in connection with the sale of the trinkets, which are often sold near tourist attractions in the French capital by undocumented...
Eiffel Tower Gets a Security
Upgrade and Then Some
Jun 16, 2018 4:00 PM CDT
Eiffel Tower Gets a Security Upgrade and Then Some
See-through panels are being set up at the north and south ends of the site
- Goodbye metal fencing, hello glass walls: Paris authorities are building a permanent security belt around the Eiffel Tower, replacing the current fencing around it with more visually appealing bulletproof glass walls, reports the AP . The company operating France's most-visited monument says see-through panels are being set up at the...
Paris Plans Glass Wall
Around Eiffel Tower
Feb 10, 2017 3:41 AM CST
Paris Plans Glass Wall Around Eiffel Tower
It would replace anti-terror metal fencing
- Paris authorities say they want to replace the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually appealing glass wall. A statement from Paris City Hall issued Thursday said see-through panels could replace the existing fences at the north and south of the famed monument that were installed...
Eiffel Tower To Be
May 19, 2016 5:58 PM CDT
Eiffel Tower To Be Converted Into Rental Apartment
For a limited time only
- Four lucky competition winners are set to be the first people in history to use the Eiffel Tower as a vacation home next month, the AP reports. Rental company HomeAway is taking over part of the first floor of the iconic 984-foot-tall landmark for the duration of the UEFA Euro...
to ... Pickpockets
May 22, 2015 11:18 AM CDT
Eiffel Tower: Closed Thanks to ... Pickpockets
Company that manages landmark didn't open today because of worker concerns
- The Eiffel Tower closed to the public today as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities said crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police...
Over Major Sites
Feb 24, 2015 10:08 AM CST
Mystery Drones Over Major Sites Rattle Paris
Devices seen near Eiffel Tower, US embassy
- Paris remains edgy after terror attacks earlier this year, and the appearance of five unexplained drones overnight isn't helping. "It could be a coordinated action, but we don't know yet," a police source tells the
of the devices, which were seen at well-known sites including...
$38M Facelift Will
Give You Vertigo
Oct 7, 2014 1:48 PM CDT
Eiffel Tower's $38M Facelift Will Give You Vertigo
Glass floor panels apparently seemed like a good way to mark 125th anniversary
- The Eiffel Tower has been given a vertigo-inducing face lift as organizers celebrate the Paris monument's 125th anniversary. The 1,063-foot tower now has see-through glass floor panels on its first level. The four small viewing sections, which cost $38 million, were unveiled to visitors yesterday. Though the first...
Oct 13, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
Phone Threat Evacuates Eiffel Tower
Security moves to completely clear area; landmark still hasn't reopened
- France's iconic Eiffel Tower was evacuated today after a threat, reports AFP , and security forces moved to fully clear the area. The threat came in via telephone, according to a police source who declined to give details. The landmark, which Reuters notes had not reopened by 5:30pm local...
How a Mythic
Base Jumper Met
His Untimely End
Jul 27, 2013 3:16 PM CDT
How a Mythic Base Jumper Met His Untimely End
Ed Caesar shares the story of Hervé le Gallou and his mysterious death
- Thanks in part to the rise of wingsuits, base jumping has transformed into a popular and professionalized sport, and with that the hallmarks of veteran jumpers—"modesty, caution, patience"—are slowly being erased as a "generation of wingsuit pilots, stimulated by speed and YouTube hits," elbows...
Eiffel Tower Evacuated
After Bomb Threat
Mar 30, 2013 4:25 PM CDT
Eiffel Tower Evacuated After Bomb Threat
Nearly 1,400 people leave over anonymous phone call
- Police say the Eiffel Tower has been evacuated after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat. A Paris police official says nearly 1,400 people have been evacuated following a request from tower operators after the warning today. Police then searched the monument with sniffer dogs for possible explosives,...
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