The Eiffel Tower is a landmark building in Paris, attracting millions of visitors from around the world every year. However, this 324-meter-high tower also becomes a source and target of trouble from time to time.
Recently, two American tourists were found sleeping inside the Eiffel Tower after drinking alcohol, and they also carried night vision binoculars and infrared binoculars with them, arousing the suspicion and alertness of the staff.
According to reports, these two tourists sneaked into the Eiffel Tower at around 10 pm on August 16, 2023. They took advantage of the staff’s inattention and climbed up to the second floor, hiding in a corner. They drank a lot of alcohol and fell asleep there. It was not until 6 am the next day that the staff discovered them and immediately called the police. The police arrived at the scene and took them to the police station for investigation. One of the tourists said that they climbed up the Eiffel Tower to watch the night view further away, without any malice or illegal purpose. However, the staff said that they suspected that these two tourists were spies or peeping at the windows of residential buildings in the distance, otherwise there was no need to carry night vision binoculars. At present, this incident is still under further investigation.
This incident has aroused attention and discussion on the security measures of the Eiffel Tower, especially in the context of multiple terrorist attacks in recent years. The Eiffel Tower, as a symbol of France and the world, is also a potential target for terrorists.
According to statistics, since 2015, France has suffered at least 15 terrorist attacks, resulting in more than 250 deaths. The most serious one was the series of attacks that occurred in Paris on November 13, 2015, which killed 130 people, including the audience of the Bataclan theater near the Eiffel Tower. These attacks not only brought great pain and fear to the French people, but also caused serious damage to France’s tourism industry. It is estimated that France’s tourism revenue dropped by 1 billion euros in 2016.
In order to cope with this threat, the Eiffel Tower has adopted strict security and protection measures, including setting up bullet-proof glass walls, installing video surveillance, prohibiting carrying large luggage and dangerous items, etc. These measures are designed to protect the safety of the Eiffel Tower and tourists, while minimizing the impact on tourists’ visiting experience. However, these measures cannot completely prevent some illegal or troublesome behaviors. For example, on August 3, 2017, a man with a knife tried to enter the Eiffel Tower and shouted “Allahu Akbar”, but was subdued and arrested by soldiers. On May 20, 2019, a man climbed up the Eiffel Tower and threatened to commit suicide, causing the Eiffel Tower to close for several hours. American tourists carrying night vision binoculars may violate the visiting regulations of the Eiffel Tower, and may also be suspected of espionage or invasion of privacy, requiring further investigation and trial. According to French law, it is illegal to carry night vision devices without permission, because they may be used for military or intelligence purposes. In addition, using night vision devices to peep at others is also illegal, because they may violate the personal rights and dignity of others. If American tourists are proven to have these behaviors, they may face fines or imprisonment. Even if they do not have these behaviors, they may also be punished for drunkenness, disturbing public order or illegal intrusion.
In summary, this incident shows the security challenges and risks faced by the Eiffel Tower as a symbol of France and the world, as well as some tourists’ ignorance and disrespect for local culture and law. We hope that these tourists can realize their mistakes and accept corresponding punishments. We also hope that all tourists can abide by the visiting rules of the Eiffel Tower, respect local customs and habits, and enjoy the beauty and charm of the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower is not only a building, but also a spirit. It witnesses France’s history and civilization, and also shows France’s innovation and progress. It is the pride of French people, and also the admiration of people around the world. It is a bridge connecting past and future, and also a bond connecting east and west.
To express my respect and praise for the Eiffel Tower, I have created a picture for you, I hope you like it. This picture is generated by artificial intelligence technology, it depicts the light and style of the Eiffel Tower at night. I use my imagination and creativity to complete this work, I hope it can convey my emotions and respect for the Eiffel Tower.