An unidentified man climbs the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, next to a Paris fire brigade specialist in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
PARIS (Reuters) – The Eiffel Tower was evacuated and surrounding streets locked down on Monday after a man was spotted scaling the upper heights of the monument in the heart of the French capital, Paris Police and the tower’s operator said.
Specialist firefighters were on the scene, the police spokeswoman said.
“The man entered the tower normally and started to climb once he was on the second floor,” a spokeswoman for the tower’s operator told Reuters.
The tower, one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, will be closed until further notice, the company added in a statement on its official Twitter handle.
Reporting by Sophie Louet and John Irish; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Toby Chopra