Eiffel Tower evacuated after man spotted climbing up its side

21 Mai, 2019, 04:56 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Officials evacuated the Eiffel Tower Monday after a man tried to scale the monument.

The lattice tower, named after its designer and builder Gustave Eiffel, is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks.

Irish tourist Claire Murphy, who is on vacation in Paris, told CNN that the lockdown began at 2:15 p.m. local time and that she was still stuck on the tower's top floor.

Rescue teams were called on the scene shortly after he started his ascent.

"To avoid too long a wait, we advise our visitors to postpone their visit". His motivation for climbing the 1,000ft (300m) tower was unclear.

The record is held by Alain Robert, known as the "French Spiderman", who illegally climbed the whole Tower in 1996, reaching the top in 45 minutes.

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The man eventually stopped his climb just below the third level, which is the highest level of the 324-metre-tall tower, and stayed there. At 3:35 p.m., she tweeted that the "incident appears to be over", and people were allowed to leave.

The tower's operator said he had entered the monument normally before climbing over the safety fencing on the second level and clambering up the outside of the tower.

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

"We are sorry for the inconvenience".

Last week, France celebrated the 130th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower's public opening in 1889 - marking the milestone with a laser light show that retraced the monument's history.

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