- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2017

Officials in France are spending roughly $22 million to protect the Eiffel Tower from terrorist threats.

Tourists have marveled at the Eiffel Tower since the late 1800s, but a slew of deadly terror attacks in France in recent years have prompted officials to better guard the landmark.

Deputy Mayor Jean-François Martins on Thursday gave reporters in Paris a better idea of the planned structure, which will replace metal barriers erected in 2015.

“Sadly, the risk of terrorism hasn’t gone away,” Mr. Martins said, Bloomberg reported. “It’s not a wall, it’s an aesthetic perimeter.”

The structure will cover space under the tower and include two ponds to flank its sides, Bloomberg reported. The official added that barriers will be able to stop vehicles and bullets.

“What scares tourists is lack of security, not security,” Mr. Martins said.

The “aesthetic perimeter” comes just two years after attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a Jewish supermarket, and the Bataclan theater, which killed a total of 146 people.

An attack in Nice also killed 86 in July.

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