France: Eiffel Tower evacuated and closed after man spotted scaling the structure

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France: Eiffel Tower evacuated and closed after man spotted scaling the structure
An unidentified official said the evacuation was standard procedure.

French officials on Monday evacuated the Eiffel Tower and closed it until further notice after a man was spotted climbing the structure, AFPreported. An unidentified official said that police personnel have communicated with the climber but are yet to ascertain his motive.

An unidentified official said the evacuation was standard procedure. “A climber has been spotted,” an official told AFP. “We have to stop the person, and in that case we evacuate the tower.”

The authorities in charge of the tower’s operations asked visitors to postpone their visit.