In 1889, no one thought the Eiffel Tower was going to be a permanent addition to the skyline of Paris. Some 126 years later, the Eiffel Tower has changed some, but it continues to draw crowds to The City Of Lights, enthralling tourists with some incredible views. But as anyone knows, what draws tourists also draws criminals, and Paris is one of the most pickpocket-prone cities I’ve ever visited, and a group of folks have had enough of that victimization. The Eiffel Tower was closed on Friday due to pickpockets.
Here’s the funny thing, it wasn’t the police that closed the monument, or the tourists getting ripped off by the pickpockets. Indeed, the employees at the tower were the ones who walked off the job and shut down France’s most important national symbol, in protest over the crime wave and the inability of the police to shut it down. A similar thing happened at the Louvre in 2013; police patrols were increased, crime decreased, and everyone went back to work.
“There have always been pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower, but we are now facing an organised network,” said a union representative, who called on tower management to create “formal guarantees so that lasting, efficient measures are taken to end this scourge that numerous tourists fall foul of every day.”
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