Few landmarks in the world are as famous or instantly recognizable as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It's hard to believe that Parisians initially derided it as hideous.
The 3-meter-high glass and metal barrier is both bulletproof and strong enough to stop a truck on a suicide mission. France remains on a state of high alert since a series of terror attacks in 2015 left hundreds dead.
France is gearing up for the national Bastille Day holiday and the World Cup final against Croatia. Authorities said they would deploy a massive police presence to ensure "peace of mind" during the festivities.
Many of the sights in Europe's cities are tourist highlights such as the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But there are a lot of surprises just off the usual visitor paths.
More than 90,000 people jammed the Champs-Elysees in Paris to celebrate France's second World Cup win in 20 years. Some revelers got out of hand, broke shop windows and looted a store.
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