Being a descendant of the Eiffel Tower's creator

Savin Yeatman-Eiffel, 49, is a producer, writer-director & series creator and founder of French animation company Sav! The World Productions. He is also the vice president of the Association des Descendants de Gustave Eiffel, and the great-great-great-grandson of Gustave Eiffel

Savin Yeatman-Eiffel

Your great-great-great-grandfather was awarded the Legion d'Honneur at the foot of the Eiffel Tower...

Everyone who participated in working on the Eiffel Tower and politicians climbed the tower on foot on the March 31, 1889, Eiffel carried a big flag with him.

There was a lighthouse on top of the tower - which has been replaced now by new equipment for the television services. Eiffel attached a 7m flag on top of the tower, everybody clapped, they walked down - and on the ground floor the President de Conseil, who was the head of the government at the time, Monsieur Pirat, was waiting for him there because he was not fit enough to walk all the way to the top of the Eiffel tower.

They made a speech thanking Eiffel for his work. He replied that he was very flattered and they announced that he was to be made an officer of the Legion d'Honneur. He was already chevalier but the officer was a rank higher.

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