This picture taken on July 16, 2021, in Paris shows the Eiffel Tower and its protective wall. – The Eiffel Tower reopened to visitors on July 16, 2021, after nine months of shutdown caused by the Covid pandemic. Up to 13,000 people per day will be allowed to take the elevators to the top and take in the views over the French capital, down from 25,000 in the pre-Covid era. InternationalIndiaAfricaBEIJING (Sputnik) – France is ready to strengthen cooperation with China on the Ukrainian issue, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Qin Gang in Paris. “China plays an important role in ensuring peace and stability around the world. France is ready to boost cooperation with China on the Ukrainian issue and other important international and regional issues, to find more areas of common interest,” Colonna said as quoted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. MultimediaMacron Faces the Dragon6 April, 05:20 GMTQin, in turn, stressed that China’s starting point in resolving the Ukrainian crisis is the provisions put forward by President Xi Jinping. “China is committed to promoting a political solution to the crisis, maintains cooperation with all parties, and will continue to play a constructive role in this issue,” the Chinese foreign minister said.