Viral Video of Extravagant Proposal in Front of Eiffel Tower Divides Opinion

Asking the love of your life for their hand in marriage is a moment the two of you will remember for ever.

However, one recent proposal on the banks of the Seine in Paris will likely stick in the memory for many more people—including millions of TikTokers—and not necessarily for the right reasons.

A clip posted by Laura Benincasa, a 20-year-old exchange student, shows a man asking a woman to marry him, with the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower in the background.

In an extravagant scene, the man gets down on one knee on a white carpet that is surrounded by candles and white rose petals.

Flanking the couple is a large light-up sign that reads "MARRY ME." Behind them a boat is moored, perhaps to take the lovebirds on a pleasure cruise.

The video, which can be watched here, is captioned simply "Paris," alongside a white heart emoji and a sad-face emoji.

Since it was posted on September 25, it has been watched 9.5 million times and racked up 2.2 million likes. The clip was also reposted to the popular meme Instagram page Pubity, where it garnered another 750,000 likes.

Thousands of people left comments on the footage. One social media user, Oreo_babe, wrote: "Because of TikTok my expectations are getting higher and higher."

Another person, Aya, posted: "Oh so this kind of lifestyle exists." joked: "How to say your rich without saying your rich."

T_l_o_v_e_ appeared a little disgruntled, commenting: "Great. Now the bar is set as high as the Eiffel Tower."

Muahzxox3 asked: "He did all that and she just stared at him waiting for him to get up. I'm jumping on my man from excitement."

Skrubnagrom wrote: "This proposal probably cost my annual salary."

Not everyone thought the proposal was aspirational, however. A user called Asphyxiaa wrote: "Or hear me out, keep it lowkey and peaceful, yet memorable. And if you have too much, donate it to someone who deserves."

Akhanshoots agreed, posting: "I kinda think most prefer a private minimalist proposal."

Michael._.scott commented: "Can't imagine the pressure on the girl."

Some social media users even thought the man might have paid for the lights on the Eiffel Tower to be switched on just for his big moment.

However, the landmark's official website explains: "Since 2000, the sparkles have been turned on for 5 minutes on the hour every hour after nightfall until 1 a.m.

"The last period of sparkles starts at 1 a.m. and is a little bit different: the golden lighting and the beacon are switched off, leaving only the sparkling lights for 5 minutes."

Newsweek has contacted Benincasa for comment.

Paris by night
Paris by night, seen in 2015. A video of a proposal that took place in front of the Eiffel Tower has been watched 9.5 million times on TikTok. Getty Images