Lights out at the Eiffel Tower

31st January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 30, 2007 (AFP) - The Eiffel Tower's lights will be turned off for five minutes on Thursday as part of a campaign to save energy and draw attention to the plight of the planet.

PARIS, Jan 30, 2007 (AFP) - The Eiffel Tower's lights will be turned off for five minutes on Thursday as part of a campaign to save energy and draw attention to the plight of the planet.

The agency that manages the Paris landmark said Tuesday that it will be joining a campaign to draw attention to "sustainable development and the preservation of the planet" with the five-minute blackout at 19:55 (1855 GMT).

The campaign called "Five Minutes of Respite for the Planet" is being held as world experts meet in Paris to thrash out a report on global warming.

The Eiffel Tower has recently changed its lighting system to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent, according to the SETE agency that manages it.

It has also sought to tap into renewable sources of energy.

With some 6.7 million visitors last year, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most visited landmarks.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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