New look for Eiffel Tower officially unveiled


The €30 million two-year refit of the first floor of the famous Paris landmark includes solar panels and glass floors.

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"We writers, painters, sculptors, architects, passionate fans of the beauty, until now intact, of Paris, hereby protest with all our force and our indignation, in the name of French taste … against the construction in the very heart of our capital of the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower," wrote an angry collective including Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas the younger, reports The Observer.