Published on : Friday, February 10, 2017
Security has been beefed up around French tourist sites, transport hubs and places of worship, which saw a string of jihadist attacks that claimed 238 lives around the country between January 2015 and July 2016.
The continuing nature of the threat was brought home last week by an attack on troops patrolling outside the Louvre museum.
The assault came on the day France launched its formal bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, lighting up the Eiffel Tower in the blue, white and red national colours.
The tower, which was inaugurated for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, will undergo a major upgrade as part of the bid.
Also, the Eiffel Tower will soon be protected by bulletproof glass walls 2.5 metres high to prevent attacks at the monument. The glass walls will prevent individuals or vehicles storming the site visited by six million people each year.