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The Eiffel Tower is under threat. The object needs a major overhaul, but the authorities of Paris want to limit themselves to just another painting

The world-famous Eiffel Tower appears to be in pretty bad shape and in need of a major overhaul.
The source, citing confidential reports found in the French magazine Marianne, says the tower has numerous pockets of rust, which is why it needs a major overhaul. But instead, the authorities of Paris intend only once again to limit themselves to cosmetic, including primarily painting. This is scheduled to be done ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

If Gustave Eiffel visited this place, he would have had a heart attack

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As part of the preparation of the facility for the Olympic Games, the tower is going to be repainted, which will cost 60 million euros. This will be the 20th time the monument has been repainted. At the same time, throughout history, and the Eiffel Tower is already 133 years old, it has never had a major overhaul. Moreover, in terms of the upcoming repaint, it was assumed that a third of the tower would be cleaned, and then two coats of paint would be applied. However, due to delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 5% of the facility’s surface will be treated.
Experts say that the tower needs to be completely dismantled to metal, repaired and repainted, and painting over the old paint only exacerbates corrosion. The owner of the tower, Sete, 99% owned by the Paris City Hall, does not want to close the tower for a long time due to the large loss of money from tourists. Considering that the tower receives about 6 million people a year, closing the facility for a long time will result in a huge loss in revenue. For example, in 2020, Sete lost 52 million euros while the tower was closed due to COVID-19.
At the same time, the deteriorating state of the object, of course, became known not at all now. In a 2010 report, the experts wrote that Sete should take another look at the Eiffel Tower and develop an entirely new maintenance policy based on testing the aging metal structure. A 2014 report stated that the tower had cracks and pockets of rust, and only 10% of the new paint had bonded well to the structure. Even then, experts said that it was necessary to start urgently fighting corrosion, but 8 years have passed since then.
The 2016 report listed 884 failures, including 68 that posed risks to structural durability.
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