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The Eiffel Tower gets a new 60 million euro paint job instead of some much-needed repairs | New

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According CNNthe unnamed need for maintenance was first discovered in confidential reports obtained by the French periodical Marianne. Rust damage to the structure has accumulated over the years, a product of the lead in the paint that was originally intended to protect its steel from oxidation, but is now slowly worsening its condition. opinion of at least one structural engineer familiar with the situation.

As Marianne noted, this represents the 20th time the tower, which Gustave Eiffel originally designed as a temporary 20-year installation, has been repainted since its debut as the centerpiece of the 1889 World’s Fair. The final tower would cover just 5 % of entire 1,063 foot structure. An anonymous expert told the magazine: “At best it will be practically useless, but at worst it will aggravate the flaws in the existing paint layer and lead to corrosion.”

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In 2017, it was announced that the popular tourist destination was to undergo a fifteen-year, 300 million euro ($301.7 million) renovation at the hands of the Société Publique d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (or SETE). that would bring it to the height of the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Writing on the tower’s official website, French architect Bertrand Lemoine offered his assessment that the Iron Lady could theoretically “last forever” if enough paint is indeed reapplied. He also cited damage caused by a process known as micro-movements, which, if left unchecked, would destroy the tower within approximately 1,000 years.