Tuesday 20 August 2019

Eiffel Tower closed after visitor tries to scale it

The intruder’s motives were unclear as emergency services attended the scene.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (John Walton/PA)
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (John Walton/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

France’s Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a person has tried to scale it.

The Paris monument’s media office said the unidentified individual tried to climb up the tourist attraction on Monday afternoon.

But it was not clear how high the trespasser managed to get.

A Paris police spokeswoman said a team of firefighters including a climbing specialist is on the scene and in touch with the intruder, whose motivations remain unclear.

Officials have not immediately provided further information about the incident, and it is not known when the Eiffel Tower will reopen.

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The Eiffel Tower (Mike Egerton/PA)

It is not the first time a daredevil has attempted the feat.

In 2015, British “freerunner” James Kingston climbed the edifice without safety ropes and without permission, dodging security cameras as he went.

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