Rusting Eiffel Tower needs full repairs, reports say

STORY: The 1,063 ft structure is being given a 60mn euro paint job instead of needed work, according to French magazine Marianne

Confidential reports cited by Marianne suggest the monument is riddled with rust

It is currently being repainted for the 20th time in preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games

Source: Marianne

Some 30% of the tower was supposed to have been stripped and then have two new coats applied

Source: Marianne

But delays caused in part by the health crisis mean only 5% will be treated

The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century

About six million people visit the tower each year, making it one of the most visited tourist sites in the world

The Societe d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel could not be immediately reached for comment

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