France -Union protest leads to closure of Eiffel Tower -May 22, 2015

Staff protest against a rise in aggressive pickpockets by organised groups around Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower was closed to the public for a day as workers protested against a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. It remained shut while staff held meetings about security measures. Trade unions said that there were always pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower but now workers are really facing an organised group. They asked for a permanent police presence.

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