“Paris, France – Nearly seven million tourists flock down to the capital of France every year to stand in awe of probably one of the most famous structures on the face of the planet – the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889, the Tower boasts the title of the most-visited paid monument in the world. The glittering light show featured on the structure every evening since its debut in 1985 hypnotizes tourists like no other man-made marvel.
“However, there’s a great chance you’ll be fined the next time you find yourselves in the City of Light, should you decide to take nighttime pictures of Pierre Bideau’s wonder.
“Namely, if you take any pictures of the Tower at night and post them online, be it on Twitter, Facebook or any other social network, you could be looking at a hefty fine, since the EU’s 2001 information society directive strictly prohibits such practice (courtesy of the Daily Mail).
Interestingly, in addition to “the ban to take night pictures of the tower, the organization that manages it, “Societe d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel” or “SETE”, has also prohibited suicide jumpers to use the tower to test their flying capabilities.
In an interview with Newslo’s correspondent in Paris, a spokeswoman for SETE has stated: “it’s nothing personal; what’s more, we completely understand that life can be hard sometimes, and we sympathize. But, jumpers are bad for business, especially when that business is tourism. That’s why we’ve decided to introduce fines for anyone who feels that committing suicide by jumping off the Eiffel Tower might be a good idea.”
She harshly added: “and this is an open message to anyone who might be contemplating the idea: we don’t care that you’ve going through a rough patch, mister; you better believe you’ll be getting a fine at your home address right after the autopsy.”