Eiffel tower reopens after staff strikes over ‘monstrous’ lines

The tourists were not satisfied with the staff walkout.


The Eiffel Tower will be open for visitors early Friday morning, after the tower operator reached an agreement with the staff of the trade unions more than frustration over a new ticketing system that workers claim has been made “monstrous” lines during the peak tourist season.

On 1 August members of staff in Paris’ most famous landmark walked for 4 hours to protest what they reported to be more and more long lines caused by a new access policy has created separate queues for different ticket holders, a change that is “tiring” to the staff as they deal with “frustrated” tourists, according to union officials, Reuters reports.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, more than six million people visit the “Iron Lady” every year to walk on the 1,063 foot of the tower.


The eiffel tower is a 300-member staff was apparently sat with the new policy, allowing visitors to wait in the “uneven” lines up to three hours to buy same-day tickets. Guests who have purchased tickets online are also the liquidation to be stuck on the line for an hour, according to France 24.


To this end, the tower irritated workers stormed out in the hope of winning more flexibility in “managing the thousands of people who come every day,” eager to reach the top of the popular attraction.

The visitors descending on the eiffel tower on the peak of the August tourist season, are expressing frustration that the beloved Paris monument is closed.


Meanwhile, news of the strike and the temporary closure will hit a nerve with many tourists, who traveled from near and far to visit La tour Eiffel.

“This is my first time in Paris and I was very excited to see the Eiffel Tower and the city from the top, but now it is closed,” a German tourist Nico Schulze Bilk complained to the Associated Press from his trip to the French capital, which was planned eight months ago. “I am a little disappointed.”

“I’m annoyed, I’m not going to lie. It comes to the throwing of our whole trip, if I’m honest,” Robin Frye of Birmingham, England, as thought on France 24.

Meanwhile, union reps say that the strike was necessary.

“There are days with three-hour-long queues. Some elderly people fainted,” Eiffel Tower union representative Denis Vavassori told the AP. “We are exhausted and we don’t want to relive that in August.”


The negotiations between the tower operator SETE and the tower employees were held to discuss a proposal to solve the problematic lines on August 2, and then the strike came to an end.

“The SETE is well aware of the disappointment for the visitors of the monument of the closure, and the negative impact on the image of the city and the country,” SETE said in a statement obtained by France 24. “It offers his apologies to everyone – Parisians and the French and foreign tourists.”

It remains unclear at this time exactly what the new proposal entails.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, more than six million people visit the “Iron Lady” every year to walk on the 1,063 foot of the tower.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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