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A bullet-proof glass wall is to be built around the base of the Eiffel Tower as part of a plan to provide extra protection against terrorist attacks at one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

The eight-foot high wall will cost around €20 million (£17 million) and will replace the metal barriers set up as a temporary measure around the iconic tower during the Euro football tournament last summer.

“We have three aims: improve the look, make access easier and strengthen the protection of visitors and staff,” said Paris deputy mayor Jean-François Martins.

He said the glass wall was part of an ambitious €300 million overhaul over the next 15 years of the 1,063-foot tower that was completed in 1889 as the entrance to the World Fair of that year.

It includes a complete reorganisation of the space directly under the tower and the surrounding park, a series of maintenance works, and a plan to reduce time spent by people queueing to climb the structure designed by Gustave Eiffel.