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Eiffel Tower goes dark to show solidarity with Aleppans

Paris has shown solidarity with Aleppo by turning off the lights on the Eiffel Tower this evening.

The landmark went dark at 8pm local time to honour the people of Aleppo, the besieged Syrian city that has been mostly retaken by government forces.

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Eiffel Tower closed after fans clash violently with police

The Eiffel Tower is closed after football fans clashed violently with riot police.

French riot police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds of football supporters after violent clashes broke out.

The violence was caught on film with fans pictured fleeing the scene as riot police advance.

Eiffel Tower 125 years old

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Credit: Reuters

The 31st March marks the 125th anniversary of the completion of the Eiffel Tower.

Now the world's most visited paid-for tourist attraction, the tower was originally built as the centre-piece of the 1899 Exposition Universelle, a fair to mark the centenary of the French Revolution.

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Eyewitness: Police set up barricade around Eiffel Tower

A tourist visiting the Eiffel Tower has tweeted that police have set up a barricade around the Eiffel Tower after visitors were made to evacuate using the stairs:

Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb scare

The Eiffel Tower was completely evacuated on Friday afternoon following a bomb alert, a police official told Reuters.

The major tourist attraction was evacuated around 2pm (1pm UK time) and had not reopened to tourists by 4pm (3pm UK time). The police official could give no further details.

It is regularly subject to bomb scares but these threats are usually quickly found to be hoaxes and only cause full evacuations a couple of times a year.