"All the work to secure the Eiffel Tower is being done in consultation with the Architectes des Bâtiments de France [the country’s architects’ association] so that it fits as well as possible in the neighborhood," Martins said. “This is a necessity in terms of security, but it will also make it possible to re-establish a link between the forecourt of the monument and the gardens."
The €20 million wall is said to be part of a wider €300 million refurbishment of the Eiffel Tower, which is the most visited landmark in the world, seen up close by about 7 million tourists each year. The project will see more elevators, hopefully cutting the famously long queues and relieving visitors stranded up on the tower, and a sprucing-up of the lower viewing platform.
Yves Pozzo di Borgo, a Senator from the Centrist Union, told the daily Le Parisien that the wall would turn the Eiffel Tower into a“fortress.”
"These measures must not distort the architectural aspects of the surroundings," insisted Catherine Dumas, a member of the center-right Republicans.
The latest terrorist attack in Paris occurred last week, when Egyptian citizen Abdallah El-Hamahmy attempted to assault four soldiers near the Louvre with a machete. El-Hamahmy was shot several times, and remains in critical condition in hospital.