Eiffel Tower closed, tourists evacuated after man scales Paris landmark
The Eiffel Tower in Paris has been evacuated after a man was caught climbing up the 324 meters (1,063 ft) tall French landmark.
Footage from the scene shows a man scaling the tower as tourists linger on grounds of the monument watching the scene unfold.
A specialist rescue unit of the Paris fire department has been deployed to the scene and BFM TV is reporting that the man is threatening to jump off the iconic structure.
The incident began at approximately 2:15pm local time. Security personnel soon segregated onlookers into different groups as a precaution and cordoned off the area.
“The Eiffel Tower is currently closed until further notice,” the Eiffel Tower Twitter account said. “We kindly advise our visitors to postpone their visit.”
The man reportedly began his ascent at the second level, at some 149 meters above ground level.
A number of tourists inside the tower were told to stay in place as police negotiated with the man however they have since been allowed to move.