VIDEO: Climbing man shuts down France's 324m Eiffel Tower

Paris's tallest structure was evacuated on 20 May after a man tried to scale it for unknown reasons; tower to reopen on 21 May

Effiel Tower is Paris's tallest building.
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Effiel Tower is Paris's tallest building.

France’s iconic landmark Eiffel Tower was evacuated and closed on 20 May after a man started climbing the historic monument, the tallest structure in Paris.

According to a report by Agence France-Presse (AFP), the man climbed the Eiffel Tower for unknown motives and continued to scale the structure until sunset, which trigged the immediate evacuation of visitors who were visiting the tourist spot.

Societe de la Tour Eiffel (Sete), the company that operates Eiffel Tower, said the visitor who had climbed the structure in the early afternoon was taken care of by the intervention teams, AFP reported.

The monument will reopen on 21 May.

“At 9:30pm, the members of the fire brigade of Paris managed to reason the individual," Sete told AFP.

The Eiffel Tower, which opened in March 1889 to visitors, celebrates its 130th birthday this year.

Alain Robert, referred to as French Spiderman, scaled the metal structure in 1996, according to AFP. Today the tower attracts more than seven million people annually, making it one of the most visited paid-for monument in the world.

The 324m-tall French landmark is named after the engineer who designed and built it, Gustave Effiel. 

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