Paris, France – Tourists and locals alike were in a state of panic today as the world-famous Eiffel Tower appeared to be leaning to one side. Eyewitnesses reported feeling the tower sway and hearing creaking noises, causing concern that the landmark structure could collapse at any moment.
Authorities quickly evacuated the area and called in a team of engineers to assess the situation. One engineer, Pierre Dubois, said that initial assessments suggested that the tower was indeed leaning, but that it was not in danger of collapsing.
“It appears that the ground underneath the tower has shifted slightly, causing it to tilt,” Dubois said. “But we believe that the structure is still stable and safe.”
The Eiffel Tower, which was completed in 1889, is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and a symbol of France. It attracts millions of visitors each year and is a source of pride for the French people.
Tourists who had been planning to visit the tower expressed their disappointment at its closure, but also relief that no one had been hurt.
“I’ve been dreaming of visiting the Eiffel Tower for years, and now it’s closed,” said American tourist, Emily Johnson. “But I’m just glad that everyone is safe.”
For now, the Eiffel Tower remains closed to visitors while engineers continue to monitor the situation and work to stabilize the structure.