Queue horreur: workers strike over Eiffel conditions

The Eiffel Tower was closed after a strike by workers at the Paris landmark for better work conditions and more pay at the height of the tourist season.

The tower normally opens at nine o'clock of a morning and closes after midnight during the peak tourist season that runs from June till September.

The strike by the 300-odd workers, after negotiations lasting seven hours failed to reach a deal, is the first since a two-day shutdown in December 20-10.

The union claims one of the five lifts still hasn't been renovated despite the initial decision to do so being made in 2008, waiting lines are getting longer, and visitors are becoming impatient.

The 324-metre structure attracts about seven million tourists every year.