Eiffel Tower Closed as Employees Protest Against Pickpockets

Updated on

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, normally open 365 days a year, closed for seven hours today after employees refused to work because of exasperation over pickpockets who pray on the site’s 7 million annual visitors.

The tower finally opened at 4:30pm, the company that runs the site said in a statement.

Unions representing the tower’s 300 employees voted this morning to delay the opening of the tower after a series of incidents with pickpockets. A spokeswoman for the company said the tower’s management has taken steps with the Paris police to combat pickpockets and protect site staff.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. LEARN MORE