The Eiffel Tower, the iconic signature of the Parisian skyline, was evacuated Monday afternoon after a climber scaled its heights.
The official said the man was "under control and out of danger" Monday night. "A climber has been spotted".
The Eiffel Tower Twitter account has said visitors who had already purchased a ticket will be able to get a refund, saying: "Please send to our customer service: [email protected] a mail explaining the situation + copy/photo of your ticket (s)". The Associated Press reports that the man could be seen dangling just below the highest level of the structure - nearly 900 feet in the air.More news: Sophie Turner says husband Joe Jonas saved her life
Firefighters are at the scene and have established contact with the man climbing the tower, a spokesman for the fire brigade said.
Tourists were evacuated, and the monument is closed indefinitely, according to the French news site 20 Minutes. To avoid a long wait, we advise people to postpone their visit'.
"The Eiffel Tower has been closed and is in the process of being evacuated because a person is scaling it", a spokeswoman for the Eiffel Tower told CNN.More news: Wolves To Hire Ryan Saunders As Head Coach Permanently
The tower is regularly the target of rogue freeclimbers hoping to scale one of the world's most famous structures, often for bragging rights.But police have also been called in several times in recent years to try to thwart suicide attempts. His motivation for climbing the 1,000ft (300m) tower was unclear.
Almost seven million people a year visit the tower, which last week celebrated its 130th anniversary.More news: State not alerted for weeks that woman may not be baby's mom