Eiffel Tower closed for fourth day as employees strike over lack of financing | EUROtoday

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France’s iconic Eiffel Tower was closed for a fourth day on Thursday as workers prolonged a strike over the monument’s administration, unions stated.

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The stoppage at one of many world’s best-known vacationer websites is the second inside two months in protest of what unions say is inadequate funding.

The tower’s operator, SETE, has suggested ticket holders to test its web site earlier than displaying up, or to postpone their go to. E-ticket holders have been requested to test their e-mails for additional info.

Ticket holders will likely be reimbursed, the operator stated.

Unions have criticised SETE for basing its enterprise mannequin on what they are saying is an inflated estimate of future customer numbers, whereas underestimating restore and upkeep prices.

Union representatives have been to fulfill SETE administration within the afternoon, they advised AFP.

Unions have additionally referred to as on the town of Paris “to be reasonable with their financial demands to ensure the survival of the monument and the company operating it”.

The Eiffel Tower booked a shortfall of round 120 million euros ($130 million) throughout the Covid pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

Its operator has since obtained a recapitalisation of 60 million euros, which unions say is inadequate provided that main upkeep work is required, together with a contemporary paint job.

Visitor numbers on the Eiffel Tower dropped sharply throughout Covid because of closures and journey restrictions, however recovered to five.9 million in 2022 and 6.3 million final 12 months.