Eiffel Tower glass wall raises doubt

Two and a half meters high, a glass wall will be placed around the Eiffel Tower, the world’s most visited monument, to replace the metal barriers within the framework of a vast public safety plan’s upgrade. Dealing with a growing terrorist threat, French authorities are seeking cheaper solutions like this construction worth around 20 million euros.

Except that in this case, efficiency would not necessarily be optimal. Indeed, dubious experts told Cyceon, couldn’t this wall stuck visitors in a confined – or partially confined – area in the event of a terrorist attack and therefore potentially increase lethality? If an attacker or a visitor can’t theoretically jump across a glass wall two and a half meters high, what about throwing objects from above?

What about the blast effect reflected by the wall? What about a panic in case of hostile intrusion within the perimeter and a possible funnelling effect on the hurried escape of the crowd? All these questions, in addition to the aesthetic and potential impact on tourism in France, will undoubtedly fuel the debate.

According to a majority of Parisians who spoke to the media or on social networks, this construction scheduled for autumn 2017 is seen as a “catastrophe” and a “costly device with uncertain efficiency.”