Eiffel Tower

the Eiffel tower in central Paris through a haze of pollution.

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Eiffel Tower in central Paris through a haze of pollution. More than 30 departments in France have been hit by maximum level pollution alerts since Thursday, prompting the ecology minister to say air quality was “an emergency and a priority for the government”.

People gather on the Trocadero Square in...People gather on the Trocadero Square in front of the Eiffel Tower on a rainy day, on May 20, 2013, in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOURFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

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Spring in Paris: on a rainy Monday, a couple kiss on the Place du Trocadero in front of the Eiffel Tower in the west of the French capital