Strike Hits Eiffel Tower

PARIS (AP) - A strike by security workers shuttered the Eiffel
Tower for a second day Thursday, frustrating tourists hoping to
view Paris from its balconies.

The tower was closed Thursday morning, then started allowing
tourists back up to its balconies Thursday afternoon before
shutting the door again.

The security workers are demanding bonuses for their long hours
standing outside, year-round, usually in only a cotton suit and
tie.

Tower operators SETE said it was lodging a complaint with a
court over the action by the 16-member security staff.

The tower normally stays open all year, but has occasionally
been shut in the past because of strikes or high winds.

More than 500 people work in the Eiffel Tower, which receives
roughly 18,000 visitors per day. Designed by French architect
Gustave Eiffel, the steel structure was inaugurated in 1889 and has
become a Paris icon.


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