Eiffel Tower Closed as Employees Protest Against Pickpockets

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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.