The Eiffel Tower closed due to strike

No panoramic view of the City of Lights

The Eiffel Tower closed due to strike

No panoramic view of the City of Lights. The Eiffel Tower is closed during the day of Monday February 19, due to a renewable strike, announced the CGT and FO.

The two union organizations denounce the financial management of the site and ask the Paris City Hall, majority shareholder of Société d'exploitation de la tour Eiffel (SETE), to be “reasonable in terms of its financial requirements in order to ensure the sustainability of the monument and the company that manages it”.

The unions, which had already organized a strike at the end of December, on the occasion of the centenary of the death of Gustave Eiffel, criticize an economic model that is "too ambitious and untenable" with an "undervaluation of works budgets", coupled to an “overvaluation of revenues”. This model “became unsustainable following the Covid period, which cut 120 million in ticket revenue from the monument”.

Colossal expenses

Another sticking point: the state of the monument, despite the restoration work in progress, which presents, say the unions, "numerous visible points of corrosion, symptoms of worrying degradation", and this while "the last painting campaign, the main guarantee of the conservation of the monument, saw its production costs soar” with “100 million euros invested for a partial painting campaign with only 3% of the monument stripped”.

The unions are calling for the creation of a “special endowment fund in anticipation of the colossal expenses that will be necessary in the decades to come”.