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Eiffel Tower reopens for first time in 9 months

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PARIS (AP) - The Eiffel Tower is reopening Friday for the first time in nine months even though the French government introduced new virus rules this week aimed at taming the fast-spreading delta variant.The "Iron Lady" of Paris was ordered shut in October as France battled its second virus surge of the pandemic.

The tower remained shut for renovations even after most of France's major tourist draws reopened last month.Its reopening comes four days after President Emmanuel Macron announced new measures aimed at warding off a fourth surge, including mandatory vaccinations for health workers and mandatory COVID-19 passes to enter restaurants and venues such as the Eiffel Tower.Fireworks light up the Eiffel Tower as part the annual Bastille.

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