According to confidential reports cited by French magazine Marianne, the Eiffel Tower is riddled with rust and in need of full repairs, but 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-meter (1,063-foot) high tower is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, with approximately six million visitors each year.
However, confidential expert reports cited by Marianne indicate that the monument is in poor condition and riddled with rust.
“It’s simple; if Gustave Eiffel came here, he’d have a heart attack,” one unnamed tower manager told Marianne.
The tower’s operator, Societe d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), could not be reached for comment right away.
The tower is currently undergoing a 60 million euro repaint in preparation for the 2024 Olympics, the 20th time the tower has been repainted.
According to Marianne, only 5 percent of the tower will be treated because of delays caused by the COVID pandemic and the presence of lead in the old paint.
SETE is hesitant to close the tower for an extended period of time because of the lost tourist revenue, it added.