The lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris were turned off an hour earlier at night as part of an energy saving plan in the French capital, its mayor has announced. The iconic tower which is illuminated until 1am was plunged into darkness earlier in the evening as Paris faces risks of electricity shortages, rationing and blackouts ahead of increases in energy demand this winter.
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In a video shared by Sky News, we could see the moment the Eiffel Tower went dark. The move follows a number of measures announced by French President Emmanuel Macron last week, who called for a 10% reduction in energy consumption.
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Amid an energy crisis, France is also looking for alternative sources of supply, including electricity from Germany.
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Paris will also reduce heating to save energy as public buildings will be one degree colder, except in retirement homes and nurseries, the mayor said.