People cool themselves at the Trocadero Fountain in front of The Eiffel Tower in Paris on August 2, 2018, as a heatwave continues across Europe.
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A total of 54 hectares (133 acres), currently crisscrossed by several roads including two major thoroughfares on each side of the Seine river, will be largely turned over to pedestrians and “low-impact transportation” such as bus and bike lanes.
In particular, the heavily used car lanes on the Iena bridge which spans the Right and Left Banks underneath the Eiffel Tower will also be given over to lawns and rows of trees, according to a video rendering of the project.
“We’re going to have an extraordinary garden where we’ll hear birds singing once again,” Hidalgo said.
The expansive garden will stretch from the Ecole Militaire, a military academy dating from the 18th century, to the modernist Trocadero esplanade and its Chaillot Palace, built for the 1937 International Expo.
The project also calls for an overhaul of the vast lawns on the Champ de Mars, the site of dozens of major public events each year, such as concerts or mass viewings of sporting events like the World Cup.
Currently there are “too many cars, too much mass tourism, too many coaches,” he said.
The man caused chaos Monday and the closure of the monument to tourists by spending six hours clinging to the outer metal framework of the Eiffel Tower.
An investigation has been opened for unauthorised entry into a cultural monument, a judicial source said.
A couple kiss in front of the Eiffel tower on the Valentine’s day, on February 14, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE
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