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Eiffel Tower to remain shut due to snow

People walk on the snow-covered Trocadero gardens near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as winter weather with snow and freezing temperatures arrive in France, February 8, 2018 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Tourists might slip and hurt themselves on the icy tower, officials said

Paris's Eiffel Tower, which attracts six million tourists every year, will remain closed until Sunday as a result of heavy snowfall in the city.

The tower, a symbol of Paris, has been closed since Tuesday.

Officials say it is too dangerous for tourists to visit because of the risk of slipping.

The Paris City Hall says the level of snow that has fallen since Tuesday is "unprecedented since 1987", with 12cm falling in one 24-hour period.

Heavy snow has caused great disruption in northern France this week. In Paris, skiers were pictured on the slopes around the Sacre Coeur cathedral on Wednesday.

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Media captionEarlier this week, Parisians skied and snowboarded

At the Eiffel Tower, snow has turned into ice on platforms and stairs, making it difficult for tourists to move about.

Normal methods of de-icing cannot be used because salt would corrode the type of iron with which the tower was made and sand gets into the cogs of the lifts, officials say.

Parisian authorities have banned heavy goods vehicles from the city's streets as a result of the heavy snowfall.

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Image caption Tourists walk in the snow at the Louvre

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