Eiffel Tower climber detained after daring ascent closed monument

Source:Reuters Published: 2019/5/21 17:18:41

Rescuers successfully talked down a man who scaled the upper heights of the Eiffel Tower on Monday, forcing the monument's evacuation, and handed him over to police.

Television channels ran live shots as rescuers perched on the 324-meter-tall tower's wrought-iron struts, just below the highest viewing platform, trying to persuade the unknown man to give himself up.

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.

"At 21:30, Paris firefighters succeeded in reasoning with the individual and he is now in the hands of the competent authorities," the operator said. Police cordoned off several streets closest to the tower as crowds of onlookers gazed up at the perilous operation which began mid-afternoon.

The Eiffel Tower will re-open on Tuesday.


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