Eiffel Tower re-opens after coronavirus lockdown

Shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak - its longest period out of action since World War Two - Paris's most famous landmark re-opened under strict hygiene and safety controls.

All wearing face masks as directed on a hot and sunny day, tourists queued up on Thursday (June 25) for security checks at the entrance, where hand gel dispensers have been installed, before setting off up the 674 steps to the tower's second floor.

The top section of the 324-meter high (1,062-foot) tower remains closed, and its elevators will not come back into service for visitors until next month, with a one-way traffic system in operation on the staircases.

The tower's management team hopes to get operations fully back to normal later in the summer.