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Eiffel Tower closed after man tries to climb Paris landmark

Tuesday 21/May/2019 - 10:14 AM
An unidentified man
An unidentified man climbs the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Edited By: Nada Moustafa
Officers have caught the man who climbed up the side of the Eiffel Tower on Monday afternoon، triggering an evacuation of the famous structure، CNN reported.

He is now under police control، a Paris police spokesperson told CNN. His motivation for scaling the Paris landmark remains unclear.

Officials closed the tower and began evacuating visitors after the man was first spotted. The situation lasted just over seven hours before the climber's capture.

Pictures and videos of the individual climbing up the tower، which is 324 meters (1،062 feet) tall، have been circulating online.

"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.

Almost 7 million people visit the Eiffel Tower every year. Completed in 1889، it was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel as part of a "Universal Exposition" marking the centenary of the French Revolution. It celebrated its 130th anniversary last week.

This isn't the first time someone has tried to scale the tower. Three people were spotted climbing the landmark in 2015. It was also evacuated twice in 2010 due to bomb threats، once in 2013over security concerns and was closed for two days following the terror attacks in Paris in 2015.

In 2017، a protective glass wall measuring 65 millimeters (about 2.5 inches) thick and resistant to bullets was erected around the base of the tower to provide increased security.

The official page of "Erem News" on Twitter posted a video on the incident.

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