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The Eiffel Tower is now a little taller, thanks to a new antenna

The Eiffel Tower has risen six meters after engineers hoisted a new communications antenna to the top of France’s most iconic monument.

From the Trocadéro esplanade, tourists watched the new digital radio antenna being airlifted. With the new antenna, the Eiffel Tower has gone from 324 m high to 330 m.

Eiffel Tower society president Jean-Francois Martins told The Associated Press that scientific progress is integral to the Iron Lady’s 133-year history.

“It’s a historic moment this morning, because the Eiffel Tower is going up, which is not that common,” he said.

A Eurocopter Ecureuil 2 helicopter installs a new TDF (TéléDiffusion de France) telecom transmission antenna at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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A Eurocopter Ecureuil 2 helicopter installs a new TDF (TéléDiffusion de France) telecom transmission antenna at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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“From the invention of radio in the early 20th century to today, decades after decades, the Eiffel Tower has been a partner for all radio technology,” Martins said.

The Eiffel Tower was 312 m high when it was inaugurated on March 31, 1889.

The six-meter antenna raises the Eiffel Tower from 324m to 330m.

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The six-meter antenna raises the Eiffel Tower from 324m to 330m.

The new digital radio antenna was airlifted.

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The new digital radio antenna was airlifted.