“We are being told a guy paid in and then started to climb from the second floor,” Murphy wrote. Shelater addedthat authorities were “negotiating with the guy” as people were being allowed to descend the tower.
The incident drew many of post on social media as authorities cleared people away from the area.
“Just having a picnic in the park when we notice there is literally a guy dangling from the Eiffel Tower,” one person tweeted.
“WHY WOULD YOU CLIMB UP THE EIFFEL TOWER,” another person posted to Twitter.
The incident drew a massive response of police and firefighters, France’sBFM-TV reported. A Paris police spokeswoman said a team of firefighters including a climbing specialist was on the scene and in touch with the intruder, whose motivations remain unclear.
Officials haven’t immediately provided further information about the incident, and it’s not known when the Eiffel Tower will reopen.
It’s not the first time someone has attempted to climb up the tourist attraction. In 2015, British “freerunner” James Kingston climbed the edifice without safety ropes and without permission, dodging security cameras as he went.