While a controversy erupted about a plan to fell trees at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the town hall of Paris assures, Saturday April 30, that“no hundred-year-old tree will be cut down” near the famous Parisian monument. This was declared on Twitter by the first deputy of the city of Paris, Emmanuel Grégoire on Twitter. “We make the commitment”he adds on the social network.
No hundred-year-old tree will be felled, we make the commitment.
The development project around the Eiffel Tower has undergone several changes since 2019.
We will soon have the opportunity to present the details.
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— Emmanuel Gregoire (@egregoire) April 30, 2022
The controversy was launched, among others, by the journalist specializing in environmental issues, Hugo Clément. In a tweet published Thursday, the journalist challenged the municipality on “OnE I”, a project to cut down 42 trees, some of which are centenarians, as part of the renovation program around the monument.
The association France nature environnement Paris had launched a petition on Friday, entitled “Eiffel Tower: no to the felling of trees, no to concrete in classified wooded areas”. The petition had gathered, Saturday, at 5:30 p.m., more than 30,000 signatures, on a target of 35,000.
The municipality, which has not yet specified the new project, wanted to create approximately 16,000 m2 of additional green space around the monument, cut down 42 trees but plant 222 more.