France: Eiffel Tower closed as staff join national strike

The Eiffel Tower has been closed after staff walked out in solidarity with a national union strike against the government's austerity measures in Paris, Thursday. The most-visited paid monument in the world is closed until 6:30 PM local time, depriving tourists from visiting the symbol in the French capital. Workers from the Eiffel Tower joined thousands of people who took the streets in union-led protests against public spending cuts. Unions said they expected tens of thousands of people to march nationwide in conjunction with the main march in Paris. The nationwide action coincides with strikes by air traffic controllers and state radio workers. Hundreds of flights to and from France were cancelled or delayed, leaving thousands of travellers stranded.