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Paris Is Putting Bulletproof Walls Around Eiffel Tower To Combat Potential Terrorist Attacks

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Paris is putting bulletproof walls around the Eiffel Tower to combat potential terrorist attacks as part of a project unveiled by city officials Thursday.

A barrier will be placed around the famous Parisian attraction in order to shield it from possible terror threats, according to the New York Post. The 10-foot panels are 2.36 inches thick, and there will be 450 in total on the northern and southern parts of the Eiffel Tower. The panels will replace the metal barriers so tourists can get a better view of the famous attraction. The project is expected to be primarily finished in July and fully completed in September. (RELATED: WATCH: Black African Defense League In France Attacks Joan Of Arc Statue To Protest Slavery In Africa [VIDEO])

“The work did not diminish the number of visitors,” said Bernard Gaudillère, the president of the Eiffel Tower Operating Company, according to the Huffington Post. Gaudillère said he is hoping that the attraction will receive between 6 and 7 million tourists in 2018. (RELATED: Italian Prime Minister Prepared To Cancel France Visit After Macron Denounced Italy For Refusing Migrants)

Paris first approved the $36-million project in February 2017.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the Eiffel Tower Operating Company and Gaudillère for comment, but none were received by the time of publication.

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