Paris - The Eiffel Tower was closed to the public on Monday after clashes
between fans and police at the Paris landmark during the Euro 2016
final, its operator said.
An Eiffel Tower management spokesperson said the tower could "not be
opened in the proper security conditions" after the clashes in which
youths set alight rubbish bins, a car and a scooter before being
dispersed by police with tear gas and water cannon.
Around 40 people were arrested over the unrest around the landmark,
where fans gathered after they were refused entry to the nearby fan zone
which was packed to its 90 000 capacity.
The base of the Eiffel Tower was engulfed in clouds of tear gas as
riot police repelled the youths, who started fires on the pavement and
threw bottles and other objects at the police lines.
Almost seven million people - around 20 000 a day - bought tickets
to the Eiffel Tower in 2015, 80 percent of them coming from abroad to
clamber up the skirts of the French capital's "Iron Lady".
The figures make the Eiffel Tower one of the most popular tourist
attractions in the world as well as a symbol of the city - a far cry
from its origins as a temporary structure built for the 1889 Universal