(PARIS) The Eiffel Tower will be closed again for the second day in a row on Tuesday due to a strike by unions condemning the management of Paris’ most famous structure, union officials said.

A representative for the CGT union told AFP that Paris City Hall, the largest shareholder of the Society for the Exploitation of the Eiffel Tower (SETE), “refused to negotiate for the time being.”

Since Monday, this closure has caused dissatisfaction of thousands of tourists, mainly foreigners (about 80% according to 2023 statistics).

Five months before the Paris Olympics (July 26-August 11), the union wants to force city hall to change a model it considers “unsustainable” for SETE.

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They have already gone on strike and shut down the Iron Lady on December 27, the centenary of the disappearance of its builder, Gustave Eiffel.

The union has accused City Hall of “seeking short-term profits at all costs” and is calling for it to “ensure the sustainability of the monument and the company that manages it”.

The Eiffel Tower’s economic balance returned to a higher pre-COVID-19 attendance figure in 2023 with 6.3 million visitors, but was worsened by a shortfall of around 120 million euros. Won during two years of health crisis (2020 and 2021). ).

To address this, SETE was recapitalized in 2021 to reach €60 million. However, the loss of revenue was supplemented by an equivalent additional charge of approximately EUR 130 million, primarily as additional costs for refurbishment works related to the current paint campaign. This is due to the discovery of traces of lead.

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