Paris: No plans to cover Eiffel Tower with plants

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Posted: Nov 30, 2011 9:40 AM
Paris: No plans to cover Eiffel Tower with plants

An engineering company says it's preparing plans to blanket the Eiffel Tower in live plants, but Paris City Hall has denied it will happen.

In a statement, city hall said it "refutes the existence of any project to vegetalize" the iconic monument.

Wednesday's statement dismissed as "lacking substance" a report in the Le Figaro daily that said Ginger engineering company is working on a euro72 million ($95 million) plan to hang the tower with 600,000 plants for four years.

The report said the company is testing its design on a small model.

Contacted by The Associated Press, officials with Ginger insisted the report is true and that the project is under way. Company officials emphasized it would be financed by corporate sponsors _ not public funds.