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One of the most famous symbols of the French capital, the Eiffel Tower, is affected by rust and needs major repairs, but will only benefit from a “cosmetic” operation worth 60 million euros and will be repainted before the start of the Olympic Games. summer of 2024, according to confidential reports quoted by the French weekly Marianne, quoted by France-Presse and Agerpres.

The 324-meter-high wrought-iron tower, built on a steel skeleton by engineer Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century, is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, attracting about 6 million tourists each year.

However, confidential reports written by experts and quoted by Marianne magazine suggest that the monument is in a precarious condition and is affected by rust.

“It’s simple: if Gustave Eiffel visited the tower, he would have a heart attack,” said one of the tower’s managers, whose identity was not disclosed by the French publication.

The company that manages the tower, the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), could not be contacted to provide an official opinion until this information was published.

During this period, the Eiffel Tower is undergoing a repainting operation, carried out with a budget of 60 million euros, as part of the preparations started by Paris before the start of the 2024 Summer Olympics, which will take place in the French capital. This is the 20th Eiffel Tower repainting operation.

About 30% of the outer structure of the tower should have been scraped and then covered with new protective layers, but delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the presence of lead in its old paint led to a situation where only 5% of the famous The monument will benefit from specialized treatments, say the journalists from Marianne.

SETE avoids closing the Eiffel Tower for a longer period of time due to lost tourism revenues, according to the same French publication.