Wednesday, June 26, 2013

 

Thousands sad that Eiffel Tower's shut for 2nd day

Talks with striking Eiffel Towner workers are under way, and France's icon may open after two days of being shut.


 Eiffel Towers closed for 2nd day: A sign tells tourists in line at the Eiffel Tower Tuesday, June 16, of the strike.
Reuters Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes. Talks are under way with union workers at the Eiffel Tower, which is closed for the 2nd day. 
PARIS — The Eiffel Tower was closed for a second day Wednesday as a strike over working conditions left frustrated tourists queuing in vain at the foot of the Paris landmark.

Thousands of would-be visitors hoping for birds-eye views of the city from the 1,062-feet iron tower have been grounded since Tuesday morning as staff walked out over late-running maintenance work and pay disputes.

Officials said talks with unions were under way and they hoped the monument would reopen soon, possibly later in the day.

"It's very annoying," said Nicole, an Australian tourist in Paris for just one day. "There'll be long lines. A lot to do in one day and now we're waiting in the queue."
Many could hardly believe the world-famous monument, which is usually open seven days a week all year-round, was closed.

"I thought it impossible," said Alex Hokkanen, a tourist from Minnesota in the United States. "So many people come here each day and want to see this. I thought for sure it would be operating."

Built in 1889 and one of the world's most recognizable monuments, the Eiffel Tower sees some 7 million visitors each year and up to 30,000 a day in the peak summer season.Reuters

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