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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Strike closes Eiffel Tower for fifth day

The Eiffel Tower in Paris was closed to tourists because of a strike
The Eiffel Tower in Paris was closed to tourists because of a strike

The Eiffel Tower has been closed for a fifth day in a strike over working conditions - causing disappointment for scores of tourists.

The monument's management apologised to visitors on Saturday.

The CGT union said it wants workers to be included in the decision-making process and more funds to be directed to the site's maintenance, claiming it fears risks to the employees' health and safety.

Unions have held repeated meetings in recent days with officials from the company that manages the tower, SETE.

New negotiations were scheduled for Saturday.

The strike comes as Paris is struggling to revive tourism after a string of deadly terror attacks, floods and polluted air.

AP

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