Eiffel Tower evacuated after climber spotted on monument

22 Mai, 2019, 19:57 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

The Paris landmark had been evacuated and closed Monday afternoon after a man was spotted climbing up the structure.

"The Eiffel Tower has been closed and is in the process of being evacuated because a person is scaling it", a spokeswoman for the landmark said earlier in the day.

Fire fighters and police flocked to the scene and have made contact with the man. Photos and videos of the climber have also spread across social media, yet little is known about him.

The man, whose name was not disclosed, "is in the hands of the emergency teams" deployed to the tower, the company operating the structure said in a statement, according to AFP. That included people dining on the second level.

Television channels ran live shots as rescuers perched on the 324-metre (1,063-foot) tower's wrought-iron struts, just below the highest viewing platform, tried to persuade the unknown man to give himself up.

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Authorities wouldn't advise how the trespasser managed to gain previous the Eiffel Tower's stringent security system. The management company, called SETE, insisted that such intrusions remain "very rare".

It's miles no longer the precious time somebody has attempted to climb up the vacationer enchantment. In 2015 a British freerunner, James Kingston, climbed it without safety ropes and without permission, dodging security cameras as he went.

However, as time passed on Monday it became increasingly unlikely that the incident was a prank or a challenge.

The tower, the tallest structure in Paris, is relating to the identical height as an 81-yarn building.

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