France: Tour Eiffel shut in protest against pick-pocketers

Workers denounce attacks and threats and demand guarantees

22 May, 13:05

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, MAY 22 - The Eiffel Tour was closed to the public this morning because its workers staged a protest invoking long-term measures against pick-pocketers active around the world-famous Parisian monument.

    The "majority" of workers ensuring access to the tower have decided to exercise their right to "pull back" (a right guaranteed by French labour law which provides that workers may not go their workplace if doing so entails "a serious and imminent threat to life and health") by reason of an upsurge of pick-pocketer presence on the Tour Eiffel which has already caused several threats and attacks".

    The monument's workers demand "formal guarantees by its management that efficient long-term measures will be put in place to solve a problem affecting many tourists every day". The company managing the tower made no comments regarding the initiative and issued a statement confirming that the monument "could not open at 9.30 a.m" for lack of personnel, also expressing its "regret that visitors already on the premises should be penalised".(ANSAmed).

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