He is 40 years old and he is not a terrorist, but above all he is a person capable of climbing the Eiffel Tower bare-handed: dangling legs, sitting 300 meters high.
For about 7 hours, the mysterious climber spotted on rusty beams of the “Iron Lady”, before being “grabbed” by the rescuers and brought to safety.
The man seems to have gone up in the elevator around lunchtime to the second floor. Then he surprised the overseers and started towards the iron web and – from the outside, without equipment and with his bare hands – he started to climb towards the third floor as if he had suckers. The alert was given from the outside – someone saw him and warned the police – who got to the scene immediately.
All the esplanade was cleared to allow the maximum freedom of movement for the police and the firemen. A fireman, hoisted himself with ropes and, suspended in the void, spoke with the individual. The reasons for the action remains unknown, journalistic sources in the area spoke of a threat of suicide.
— Amar Taoualit (@TaoualitAmar) May 20, 2019
For security reasons, during the intervention of the police the monument was completely evacuated by the many tourists present and the entire neighborhood was cordoned off.
🇫🇷 La #tourEiffel est actuellement fermée jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Pour éviter une trop longue attente, nous conseillons à nos visiteurs de reporter leur visite.
🇬🇧 The Eiffel Tower is currently closed until further notice. We kindly advise our visitors to postpone their visit.
— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) May 20, 2019