WASHINGTON – The French government is constructing a bulletproof, glass wall around the Eiffel Tower to prevent terror attacks that is projected to cost $20 million.

The 8.2-foot-high wall was approved in January, and while many French are outraged by the construction of what they see as an eyesore, local politicians defended the plan.

“The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures,” Deputy Mayor Jean-Francois Martins said.

Currently the Eiffel Tower is surrounded by metal barriers as a security measure, but Martins believes the glass wall will be more visually appealing.

“What’s more appealing than erecting special security measures?” rhetorically asked Paul Nehlen, Republican candidate for Congress challenging Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s first congressional district. “Actual security for a nation’s citizens, that’s far more appealing than the false security of barricades and barriers. Citizens aren’t fooled by such measures, and Muslim terrorists aren’t deterred.”

Similar anti-terror eyesores are popping up at European tourist attractions across the continent, such as the large concrete barriers that now line several London bridges.

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Security barriers were erected on Lambeth, Waterloo and Westminster Bridges in London after a terror attack in March. Muslim terrorist Khalid Masood killed five people when he ran over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a policeman to death.

“We are working closely with the Metropolitan Police, and support all moves to ensure the appropriate security is in place to keep London’s residents and visitors safe,” said Councillor Lib Peck, the Lambeth Council leader.

Tourist sites around the continent continue to suffer as Islamic extremism sweeps Europe.

The iconic Christmas markets in Berlin were forced to close last year when a terrorist drove a truck into the Breitschedplatz Christmas market, killing 12.

There are about 60 Christmas markets in Berlin, and many are located in areas with little to no security. After the attack, German authorities erected concrete barriers around other Christmas markets across Germany.

“When I lived in Europe running Fortune 500 SPX Corporation businesses in 2010-2012, I was fortunate to visit the Christmas markets in several German cities,” continued Nehlen. “It was peaceful then. What’s the difference now? The difference, the only difference is about a million non-integrating foreigners who are performing the Hijrah – migration in the name of Allah. It’s undeniable, and it will result in the Islamification of Germany.”

Security for New Year’s celebrations was similarly beefed up across Europe.

An extra 1,700 police officers were deployed in Berlin, and the Pariser Platz square in front of the Brandenburg Gate was closed. In Milan, security checks were constructed around the main square.

In Rome and Naples, trucks were banned from the central parts of the city. In Madrid, 1,600 extra police were deployed for the New Year’s weekend.

Tourism throughout Europe has decreased in recent years, especially in areas affected by Islamic terrorism.

Paris and the Île-de-France region reported 1.5 million fewer tourists in 2016 compared to 2015, according to the Regional Tourism Committee.

Many rental apartments in Paris and Nice remained empty after terror attacks in both cities.

“It’s really affected things,” said Adrian Leeds, head of a French real estate agency.

The increases to security also hurts the taxpayer. France spent 816 million euros, $912  million, in 2016 to increase security around the country, the New York Times reported.

Visitor numbers to several popular tourist attractions in London also fell in 2016, according to the London Evening Standard.

The British Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum reported 1 million fewer visitors in 2016 compared to 2015.

In Belgium, where Muslim terrorists bombed the Brussels airport and subway in March 2016, killing 32, the economy has lost nearly 1 billion euros, $1.1 billion, in business and tax revenue. The biggest losses were to hotels, restaurants and the tourism industry.

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