Eiffel tower reopens after strike but problem of long queues remains

August 5, 2018 7:28 am
The Eiffel Tower — closed to visitors since Wednesday afternoon — is to reopen on Friday after workers went on strike over unacceptably long queues at the Paris landmark.

Workers walked out in protest at a new access policy that has seen separate lifts allocated to visitors with pre-booked tickets and those who buy them on site.

At the same time, the tower now sets aside half of daily tickets for internet customers, up from just 20 percent previously.

Workers said the changes resulted in lopsided queues that could extend to three hours for those waiting to pay for tickets, and up to an hour for internet customers who are supposed to have reserved time slots.

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