(PARIS) Visitors were denied access to the Eiffel Tower on Monday due to a strike linked to financial mismanagement at the world’s most visited tower.

The entrance sign says in English, “Due to a strike, the Eiffel Tower is closed. We apologize.”

This hugely popular 300 meter landmark in the heart of Paris is experiencing a surge in visitor numbers in the lead up to the Summer Olympics in the French capital.

Tourists planning to visit the Eiffel Tower on Monday were warned of confusion on the website in multiple languages. Visitors are encouraged to consult the website before traveling to the monument or postponing their trip. E-ticket holders were asked to check their inboxes in advance.

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The Eiffel Tower is usually open seven days a week, but may be affected by strikes. In December, a strike related to contract negotiations led to an all-day closure over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Stéphane Dieu of the CGT trade union, which represents the majority of Eiffel Tower employees, said Monday’s strike was aimed at demanding higher wages proportional to ticket sales revenue and better maintenance of the monument, which is owned by the city of Paris. He said that he is doing so.

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