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Glass wall proposed to replace Eiffel Tower metal fencing

Glass wall proposed to replace Eiffel Tower metal fencing
French riot police officers patrol under the Eiffel Tower prior to a Euro 2016 soccer match. (Kamil Zihnioglu / AP)

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 for the Euro 2016 soccer event.

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The proposal will be examined by the city's sites commission and then needs approval from the environment ministry.

City tourism chief Jean-Francois Martins says the glass is an aesthetic substitute for the metal fencing, which was "useful in security matters" but "spoils the view."

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The proposal is part of a $3.2-million project announced in January to modernize the 128-year-old tower.

No timetable has been set for the possible work.

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