Eiffel Tower closed after Paris attacks, tourists fret over safety

Armed personnel patrol the Eiffel Tower, closed after a series of deadly attacks in the French capital.

PARIS, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 14, 2015) (REUTERS) – The Eiffel Tower was closed on Saturday (November 14), with France beefing up security after a spate of attacks in Paris on Friday (November 13), as tourists fretted over safety.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a coordinated assault by gunmen and bombers that killed 127 people at locations across Paris, which President Francois Hollande said amounted to an act of war against France.

The assaults came as France, a founder member of the U.S.-led coalition waging air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, was on high alert for terrorist attacks.

Visitors were thin on the ground at the usually bustling tower attraction.

“It is actually not the same situation as we expected. We expected as a very warm, pleasant way, the situation is tight here. We are seeing a lot of army personnel with guns, armed, so we are feeling pretty unsuitable for us but still that once where is fine, that people are really enjoying the atmosphere, they respecting of the attack, what happened last day,” Indian tourist Rasheel told Reuters.

Canadian tourist Elisa had mixed feelings over the safety of the site.

“Yes and no. I think it’s, I feel like it’s kind of a target, but at same time I feel that there is heightened awareness, heightened security. So it might be a little safer today, not entirely sure. That’s all,” she said.