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Paris mulls plan to extend Eiffel Tower ... downwards

Soccer fans watch a Euro 2012 championships match on a giant screen at Champs-de-Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France on June 11.

Photo: AFP

Paris authorities are mulling a plan to extend the Eiffel Tower downwards as above ground building would spoil the French capital’s geometry, the head of the landmark’s operating company said.

“Paris Council [will] deliberate on June 19 or 20 this project for an underground building, we need further studies and we are moving forward with the project,’’ deputy mayor in charge of tourism Jean-Bernard Bros told AFP. Bros said that the project had been looked at for several months and that a committee had been set up to group together all the extension studies already done.

It is not possible to build at the ground level as ’’you have to respect the line of sight between the Ecole Militaire and the Trocadero,’’ Bros said.

The two-story underground extension would house the ticket booths currently found inside the edifice’s feet, an Eiffel Tower museum, a children’s area and other visitor amenities.







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