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
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.
Rescuers could be seen near a man dressed in black who has positioned himself between two beams just under the top observation deck of the Eiffel Tower pic.twitter.com/tOUpvjsuBt— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 20, 2019
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.
— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) May 20, 2019
L'incident qui a provoqué la fermeture en début d'après-midi est terminé. Félicitations à tous les intervenants. La #TourEiffel rouvrira demain à 9h30.
This afternoon's incident is over. The #EiffelTower will reopen tomorrow morning at 9.30am. pic.twitter.com/q8e3NsQElf
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.