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From Paris, June 2008
La Grande Dame

The Eiffel Tower Dressed in Blue

The Eiffel Tower - Photo by Sophie Gayot

The Eiffel tower is looking quite different at night this summer. In honor of France’s six month presidency of the European Union, from July 2008 until the end of the year, the most visited monument in the world has been lit up in blue, and adorned by twelve golden stars, both elements reminiscent of the EU flag.

The best time to go see it is every hour on the hour when, for 10 minutes, twenty thousand tiny lights sparkle up and down La Grande Dame. After Sept. 21, the Eiffel tower will return to its normal orange-yellow lighting, so if you are in the City of Light before that date make sure to go see how the blue makes it look so light and even fragile.

The EU was created in 1993 to develop a single market through standardized laws that apply to all member states, guaranteeing the freedom of movement of people, goods, services and capital. The rotation of Presidency of the European Council is taken over every six months by the member nations.


Arc de Triomphe - Photo by Sophie Gayot



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