The 324 meters (1,063 ft) wrought iron tower, built by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century, is one of the most visited tourist sites in the world, receiving approximately six million visitors annually.
However, confidential expert reports cited by Marianne suggest that the monument is in poor condition and riddled with rust.
“It’s simple, if Gustave Eiffel had visited this place, he would have had a heart attack,” one unnamed tower manager told Marianne.
The company that oversees the tower, the Societe d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), cannot be immediately available for comment.
The tower is currently undergoing a €60 million repaint in preparation for the 2024 Olympics, the 20th time the tower has been repainted.
About 30% of the tower was supposed to be removed and then two new coats applied, but work delays caused by the COVID pandemic and lead in the old paint meant that only 5% would be treated, Marianne said.
SETE does not want to close the tower for a long time due to loss of tourism revenue, he added.