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Glass wall proposed to replace Eiffel Tower metal fencing

FILE- In this Friday, June 10, 2016 file photo, French riot police officers patrol under the Eiffel Tower, near the entrance of the soccer fan zone, prior to the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Romania, in Paris. Paris authorities say Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, they are proposing to replace the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more aesthetic glass wall. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)

FILE- In this Friday, June 10, 2016 file photo, French riot police officers patrol under the Eiffel Tower, near the entrance of the soccer fan zone, prior to the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Romania, in Paris. Paris authorities say Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, they are proposing to replace the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more aesthetic glass wall. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)  (The Associated Press)

Paris authorities say they want to replace the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually appealing glass wall.

A statement from Paris City Hall issued Thursdays said see-through panels could replace the existing fences at the north and south of the famed monument that were installed for the Euro 2016 soccer event.

The proposal will be examined by the city's sites commission and then needs approval from the environment ministry.

City tourism chief Jean-Francois Martins says the glass is an aesthetic substitute for the metal fencing, which was "useful in security matters" but "spoils the view."

The proposal is part of a 300 million euro ($3.2 million) project announced in January to modernize the 128-year-old tower.

No timetable has been set for the possible work.