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


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The Eiffel Tower is perhaps Paris's most iconic monument. Standing at 324 metres, it is the city's tallest building. 



Arko Datto /Al Jazeera
Children of visiting tourists compare their replica statues to the real thing. The lattice-iron tower, located in the south-western part of Paris, affords visitors a 360 degree view of the city from its third and top floor. 


Arko Datto /Al Jazeera

Roughly 7 million tourists visit the tower each year, attracting hawkers hoping to make a living by selling souvenirs. 



Arko Datto /Al Jazeera

Souvenir sellers prepare to run as police arrive. Most of them are undocumented migrants hailing from France's former colonies in Africa and Asia, and most do not have trading licences. 



Arko Datto /Al Jazeera

The hawkers run as police arrive. The numbers of illegal vendors have increased in recent months, French media reports. Clashes between security forces and the vendors have become more frequent. 



Arko Datto /Al Jazeera

Security waits around the perimetre of the Champs de Mars, the park where the tower sits.



Arko Datto /Al Jazeera

A hawker watches the movements of security forces. The cat and mouse game is part and parcel of the daily life of the tower's hawkers. 



Arko Datto /Al Jazeera
Moroccan expatriates protests at the Trocadero, a nearby square that often hosts demonstrations. Above, participants voice their support for the Arab Spring.


Arko Datto /Al Jazeera
People skate at the ice rink installed in front of the Eiffel Tower for Christmas. 


Arko Datto /Al Jazeera

A migrant from Bangladesh sells fried chestnuts. His pleas for asylum have been refused three times, he said, preventing him from moving on to a better, legal job. 



Arko Datto /Al Jazeera
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from many places throughout Paris. 


Arko Datto /Al Jazeera
Children play with their Eiffel Tower mementos. 


Arko Datto /Al Jazeera

Thousands line up in front of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate New Years Eve. Traffic clogged the nearby metro station of Bir-Hakeim after the midnight festivities.



Arko Datto /Al Jazeera

At a nearby metro subway, another Bangladeshi asylum seeker sells pirated DVDs for one euro a piece. He says he is frequently harassed by con-men who pose as the police and confiscate his goods. The real police also confiscate his goods. He has been denied asylum twice.




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The Eiffel Tower is perhaps Paris(***)s most iconic monument. Standing at 324 metres, it is the city(***)s tallest building. 

;*;Children of visiting tourists compare their replica statues to the real thing. The lattice-iron tower, located in the south-western part of Paris, affords visitors a 360 degree view of the city from its third and top floor. ;*;

Roughly 7 million tourists visit the tower each year, attracting hawkers hoping to make a living by selling souvenirs. 

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Souvenir sellers prepare to run as police arrive. Most of them are undocumented migrants hailing from France(***)s former colonies in Africa and Asia, and most do not have trading licences. 

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The hawkers run as police arrive. The numbers of illegal vendors have increased in recent months, French media reports. Clashes between security forces and the vendors have become more frequent. 

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Security waits around the perimetre of the Champs de Mars, the park where the tower sits.

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A hawker watches the movements of security forces. The cat and mouse game is part and parcel of the daily life of the tower(***)s hawkers. 

;*;Moroccan expatriates protests at the Trocadero, a nearby square that often hosts demonstrations. Above, participants voice their support for the Arab Spring.;*;People skate at the ice rink installed in front of the Eiffel Tower for Christmas. ;*;

A migrant from Bangladesh sells fried chestnuts. His pleas for asylum have been refused three times, he said, preventing him from moving on to a better, legal job. 

;*;The Eiffel Tower can be seen from many places throughout Paris. ;*;Children play with their Eiffel Tower mementos. ;*;

Thousands line up in front of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate New Years Eve. Traffic clogged the nearby metro station of Bir-Hakeim after the midnight festivities.

;*;

At a nearby metro subway, another Bangladeshi asylum seeker sells pirated DVDs for one euro a piece. He says he is frequently harassed by con-men who pose as the police and confiscate his goods. The real police also confiscate his goods. He has been denied asylum twice.

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Life at the Eiffel Towerhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Toweren-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:26:32 GMTTue, 23 Apr 2013 14:00:09 GMT http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=00zV1Z3gOc2Ow

The Eiffel Tower is perhaps Paris's most iconic monument. Standing at 324 metres tall, it is the city's tallest building. 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=00zV1Z3gOc2OwArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The Eiffel Tower is perhaps Paris's most iconic monument. Standing at 324 metres tall, it is the city's tallest building. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0eu182X8k4dce

Children of visiting tourists compare their replica statues to the real thing. The lattice-iron tower, located in the south-western part of Paris, affords visitors a 360 degree view of the city from its third and top floor. 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0eu182X8k4dceArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Children of visiting tourists compare their replica statues to the real thing. The lattice-iron tower, located in the south-western part of Paris, affords visitors a 360 degree view of the city from its third and top floor. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0gM8ftT2Lh8F4

The hordes of tourists that visit Paris's iconic tower every year - which number roughly 7 million a year - attract hawkers hoping to make a living by selling souvenirs. 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0gM8ftT2Lh8F4Arko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The hordes of tourists that visit Paris's iconic tower every year - which number roughly 7 million a year - attract hawkers hoping to make a living by selling souvenirs. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0gsGgL4etL3t9

Souvenir sellers prepare to run as police arrive. Most of them are illegal immigrants that hail from France's former colonies in Africa and Asia, and do not have trading licences. 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0gsGgL4etL3t9Arko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Souvenir sellers prepare to run as police arrive. Most of them are illegal immigrants that hail from France's former colonies in Africa and Asia, and do not have trading licences. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=07PL8Dc3tv0Q0

The hawkers run as police arrive. The number of illegal vendors have increased in recent months, French media says, leading to an increasing amount of clashes between them and police determined to crack down on illegal activity.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=07PL8Dc3tv0Q0Arko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The hawkers run as police arrive. The number of illegal vendors have increased in recent months, French media says, leading to an increasing amount of clashes between them and police determined to crack down on illegal activity.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=00BPaO78CQcWJ

Security waits around the perimetre of the Champs de Mars, the park that the tower sits in. Safety is of paramount importance at the national landmark.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=00BPaO78CQcWJArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Security waits around the perimetre of the Champs de Mars, the park that the tower sits in. Safety is of paramount importance at the national landmark.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=01RwfTwcb2cVV

A hawker watches and waits from a safe distance the arrival of the police. This cat and mouse game is part and parcel of the daily life of the tower's hawkers. 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=01RwfTwcb2cVVArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A hawker watches and waits from a safe distance the arrival of the police. This cat and mouse game is part and parcel of the daily life of the tower's hawkers. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=01u5gZy065dBC

Moroccan expatriates protests at the Trocadero, a nearby square that often hosts demonstrations. Above, participants voice their support for the Arab Spring.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=01u5gZy065dBCArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Moroccan expatriates protests at the Trocadero, a nearby square that often hosts demonstrations. Above, participants voice their support for the Arab Spring.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=07cK9Tu6Ev8xZ

People skate at the ice rink installed in front of the Eiffel Tower for Christmas. 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=07cK9Tu6Ev8xZArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

People skate at the ice rink installed in front of the Eiffel Tower for Christmas. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0fPIaDG7ep2vw

An illegal immigrant from Bangladesh sells fried chestnuts close-by. His pleas for asylum have been refused three times, thereby preventing him from moving on to better, legal jobs.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0fPIaDG7ep2vwArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

An illegal immigrant from Bangladesh sells fried chestnuts close-by. His pleas for asylum have been refused three times, thereby preventing him from moving on to better, legal jobs.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0fKnfQN0iDdEj

The Eiffel Tower can be seen from many places throughout Paris. 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0fKnfQN0iDdEjArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The Eiffel Tower can be seen from many places throughout Paris. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=06Gs0Rk4RkboQ

Children play with their Eiffel Tower mementos. 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=06Gs0Rk4RkboQArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Children play with their Eiffel Tower mementos. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0fpB4LP3f30eJ

Thousands line up in front of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate New Years Eve and welcome the coming year. The traffic clogged the nearby metro station of Bir-Hakeim after the midnight festivities.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=0fpB4LP3f30eJArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Thousands line up in front of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate New Years Eve and welcome the coming year. The traffic clogged the nearby metro station of Bir-Hakeim after the midnight festivities.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=04iMcRH7VV1Dn

At a nearby metro subway, another Bangladeshi asylum seeker sells pirated DVDs for one euro a piece. He says he frequently harassed by con-men who pose as the police and confiscate his goods. The real police also confiscate his goods. He has been denied asylum twice.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Life-at-the-Eiffel-Tower?image_id=04iMcRH7VV1DnArko Datto Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

At a nearby metro subway, another Bangladeshi asylum seeker sells pirated DVDs for one euro a piece. He says he frequently harassed by con-men who pose as the police and confiscate his goods. The real police also confiscate his goods. He has been denied asylum twice.



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