Cover-up continues on the Eiffel: Workers put paint on Paris’s iconic tower after leaked report


Cover-up continues on the awful Eiffel: Workers put a fresh lick of paint on Paris’s iconic tower after leaked report revealed it is ‘riddled with rust and drastically needs repair’

  • Several confidential reports since 2010 have warned of the iconic tower being in a ‘very degraded state’  
  • But the tower is simply undergoing a paint job that started in 2018 which the 2024 Olympic Games in mind 
  • An unnamed manager who works in the site has revealed that it will not be ‘adequate’ for the necessary task 

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Workers have been spotted putting a fresh lick of paint on the Eiffel Tower ahead of the 2024 Olympic games in Pairs despite a leaked report revealing it is ‘riddled with rust and drastically needs repair’.  

Several confidential reports since 2010 seen by French magazine Marianne have warned of the iconic tower being in a ‘very degraded state’, with maintenance defects and the extent of the damage concealed from the public. 

Instead, the tower is undergoing a repaint job that started as long ago as 2018 with the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in mind, but is simply not adequate for the task that needs doing, an unnamed manager who works on the site lamented.

‘It’s very simple, if Gustave Eiffel visited the place, he would have fainted. It is not likely to fall tomorrow morning, but it is true that it is not well at all.’ 

One hundred and thirty three years after its construction, ‘in some places, rust has won and is eating away at the iron of the monument like termites at wood.’

Workers have been spotted putting a fresh lick of paint on the Eiffel Tower today ahead of the 2024 Olympic games in Pairs despite a leaked report revealing it is 'riddled with rust and drastically needs repair'

Workers have been spotted putting a fresh lick of paint on the Eiffel Tower today ahead of the 2024 Olympic games in Pairs despite a leaked report revealing it is ‘riddled with rust and drastically needs repair’

Several confidential reports since 2010 seen by French magazine Marianne have warned of the iconic tower being in a 'very degraded state', with maintenance defects and the extent of the damage concealed from the public. Pictured: Workers paint the tower today

Several confidential reports since 2010 seen by French magazine Marianne have warned of the iconic tower being in a ‘very degraded state’, with maintenance defects and the extent of the damage concealed from the public. Pictured: Workers paint the tower today 

Tourists and locals walk past the iconic Parisian tower during the 20th campaign of its painting on July 5

Tourists and locals walk past the iconic Parisian tower during the 20th campaign of its painting on July 5 

The tower is undergoing a repaint job that started as long ago as 2018 with the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in mind, but is simply not adequate for the task that needs doing, an unnamed manager who works on the site lamented

The tower is undergoing a repaint job that started as long ago as 2018 with the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in mind, but is simply not adequate for the task that needs doing, an unnamed manager who works on the site lamented

One worker takes a break while another is seen ploughing on with the paint job which isn't believed to be enough to fix the tower

One worker takes a break while another is seen ploughing on with the paint job which isn’t believed to be enough to fix the tower

Two workers hooked up to pulleys work their way across the tower as they give it a paint job ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games which is set to be held in Paris

Two workers hooked up to pulleys work their way across the tower as they give it a paint job ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games which is set to be held in Paris 

An unnamed manager said: 'It's very simple, if Gustave Eiffel visited the place, he would have fainted. It is not likely to fall tomorrow morning, but it is true that it is not well at all'

An unnamed manager said: ‘It’s very simple, if Gustave Eiffel visited the place, he would have fainted. It is not likely to fall tomorrow morning, but it is true that it is not well at all’

One hundred and thirty three years after its construction, 'in some places, rust has won and is eating away at the iron of the monument like termites at wood'

One hundred and thirty three years after its construction, ‘in some places, rust has won and is eating away at the iron of the monument like termites at wood’

A worker is seen carefully scaling the Eiffel Tower while carrying out the paint job ahead of the Olympic Games

A worker is seen carefully scaling the Eiffel Tower while carrying out the paint job ahead of the Olympic Games 

French insiders now worry that their leading landmark, erected in 1889 and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world with 6 million visitors each year, is in danger of suffering a calamity on a scale similar to the one that befell Notre Dame in 2019, when the roof caught fire and burned for 15 hours

 French insiders now worry that their leading landmark, erected in 1889 and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world with 6 million visitors each year, is in danger of suffering a calamity on a scale similar to the one that befell Notre Dame in 2019, when the roof caught fire and burned for 15 hours

Several confidential reports since 2010 seen by French magazine Marianne have warned of the iconic tower being in a 'very degraded state', with maintenance defects and the extent of the damage concealed from the public

Several confidential reports since 2010 seen by French magazine Marianne have warned of the iconic tower being in a ‘very degraded state’, with maintenance defects and the extent of the damage concealed from the public

Mocked up image shows how the tower could look if it collapsed

Mocked up image shows how the tower could look if it collapsed 

And French insiders now worry that their leading landmark, erected in 1889 and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world with 6 million visitors each year, is in danger of suffering a calamity on a scale similar to the one that befell Notre Dame in 2019, when the roof caught fire and burned for 15 hours.

‘In an emergency, in some places, a simple coat of paint is just brushed on the existing layers, which are flaking and do not hold,’ another anonymous expert warned. 

The current paint job is costing French purse holders £51 million and is the 20th time the tower has been repainted in its 133 years. 

Around 30 per cent of the monument was supposed to have been stripped and two new coats would have been applied, but delays caused by the Covid pandemic and the present of lead in the old paint means that now only 5 per cent of the structure will be treated.

25th August 1944: With the Eiffel Tower in the background, two American soldiers sit surrounded by four young French women during the liberation of Paris from the Germans during World War II

25th August 1944: With the Eiffel Tower in the background, two American soldiers sit surrounded by four young French women during the liberation of Paris from the Germans during World War II

Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), French engineer, photographed in 1880. His most historic and best-known work is the Eiffel Tower built for the Paris Exposition of 1889 and remained the tallest building in the world until 1930

Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), French engineer, photographed in 1880. His most historic and best-known work is the Eiffel Tower built for the Paris Exposition of 1889 and remained the tallest building in the world until 1930

The tower is overseen by commercial company Societe d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), who are reluctant to close the tower for the duration necessary to undertake the maintenance due to the loss of tourist revenue it would entail, Marianne said.

The ‘Iron Lady’, as it is locally known, was built by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century and was the tallest building in the world for a time, at 1,083 feet tall (330 metres), until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930.   

Not content to be outdone by the Chrysler and its American makers, a broadcasting aerial was affixed to the top of the Eiffel Tower, making it taller than the Chrysler Building by 17 feet (5.2 metres).

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