PARIS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Paris city officials said a reported plan to cover the Eiffel Tower with 600,000 plants is only a proposal that has not been reviewed by the government.
The Societe d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, or Sete, which runs the Eiffel Tower on behalf of the city government, said the report in newspaper Le Figaro about the $93 million plan to attach shrubbery baskets to the tower to make it appear to be a giant tree did not come from official sources, The Connexion reported Tuesday.
Jean-Bernard Bros, president of the group, said the proposal came from engineering firm Ginger, but it has "not been looked at" by officials.
"Neither the Eiffel Tower nor the Mairie de Paris [city government] are involved in any way with a plan to add vegetation to the monument," Bros wrote on his Twitter page.
"People suggest new ideas for the Eiffel Tower to me every day. The tower prompts all sorts of fantasy ideas," he wrote.