A spectacular light show has decorated the Eiffel Tower as part of the festivities to mark its 120th birthday.
The rain failed to dampen the launch of the 12 minute multi-coloured display, which replaces the tower’s traditional golden lighting. It will spark into life four times each evening until the end of the year.
Nadine Habisaad, a Lebanese tourist, said: “I think it is magical. It is wonderful. It is a gigantic monument, yet it looks like just a toy.”
The dazzling show uses low-energy LED spotlights for the first time. The effect of the moving lights and projectors, say the designers, is to make the monument move and dance.
The Eiffel Tower is the world’s most visited fee-paying landmark, attracting nearly seven million tourists in 2008.