According to private information quoted by French magazine Marianne, the Eiffel Tower is plagued with rust and in need of extensive repairs, yet it is being given a cosmetic 60 million euro paint job ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Gustave Eiffel’s late-nineteenth-century wrought-iron 324-metre (1,063-foot) high tower is one of the world’s most frequented tourist attractions, with around six million tourists each year.
However, private expert evaluations referenced by Marianne indicate that the monument is in bad condition and plagued with rust.
“It’s easy; if Gustave Eiffel came here, he’d have a heart attack,” one anonymous tower manager told Marianne.
The company that oversees the tower, Societe d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), could not be immediately reached for comment.
The tower is currently undergoing a repaint costing 60 million euros in preparation of the 2024 Olympics, the 20th time the Tower has been repainted.