In Pictures: Life around Eiffel Tower - Al Jazeera English

In Pictures: Life around Eiffel Tower

Visited by millions, the site of the iconic structure is also about the daily struggle of undocumented migrants.

Arko Datto |

The Eiffel Tower is the quintessential image of Paris, drawing millions of tourists each year. They gape in awe at the metal frame, but rarely notice the cat-and-mouse game that plays out daily around the iconic site.

Much beyond the public gaze, it is also a site of contestation between undocumented migrants, trying to sell souvenirs to visitors, and security forces.

Paris' tallest structure stands testimony to both architectural splendour and the daily struggle of many to build life.