- Title: Eiffel Tower closes for second time due to pension reform strike
- Date: 17th December 2019
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (DECEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SCREEN READING (English) "ESPLANADE OPEN TOWER CLOSED" WITH EIFFEL TOWER IN BACKGROUND EIFFEL TOWER AND BRIDGE EIFFEL TOWER / WAITING AREA VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH WAITING AREA GUARD SHOWING PEOPLE WHERE TO GO SCREEN READING (English) "ESPLANADE OPEN TOWER CLOSED" VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH WAITING AREA (SOUNDBITE) (French) BELGIAN TOURIST, JULIE BONNET, SAYING: "It is his (her Brazilian boyfriend) first time in Europe and on this first day, the metro does not work, we cannot climb up the tower, so it is a bit annoying. We only have two days here, so we hope that tomorrow we will manage to go up." EIFFEL TOWER TOUR GUIDES TELLING TOURISTS ABOUT CANCELLED TOURS TOUR GUIDE'S SIGN READING (English) "GUIDED EIFFEL TOUR" (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRAZILIAN TOURIST, MARIELY FAMTAZIA, SAYING: "I think it is not good for the tourists that are here now, but for them (the strikers) it is a very good action." FAMILY WALKING ON ESPLANADE SEEN THROUGH METAL GRATING VARIOUS OF TOURISTS TAKING PICTURES IN FRONT OF TOWER EMPTY BALCONY ON TOWER EMPTY STAIRS ON TOWER VARIOUS OF MAN LOOKING AT MINIATURE EIFFEL TOWER SOUVENIRS
- Embargoed: 31st December 2019 13:02
- Keywords: Christmas break Eiffel Tower France strike Paris commuters pension reform protest transport strike unions
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Lawmaking,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAD7EX3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Eiffel Tower was closed for the second time on Tuesday (December 17) due to a staff strike which is part of ongoing nationwide strikes in France over proposed changes to pension reforms.
Screens outside the popular tourist destination informed tourists that the tower was closed, with visitors only able to access the walking area below.
Previously scheduled tours were cancelled, and tourists attempting to buy tickets for the popular site were turned away by staff.
The strikes are part of a series of actions set to unfold across France on Tuesday as unions try to bring new momentum to the general strike that began almost two weeks ago and has crippled France's public transport network.
French president Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to streamline the Byzantine state pension system with its tangle of special privileges, and use incentives to encourage people to work until 64, instead of the current average retirement age of 62.
Protests and further strikes are expected to continue across France throughout the day on Tuesday.
(Production: Manuel Ausloos)
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