Eiffel Tower closed down after intruder tries to climb up

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower closed down on Monday after a man began trying to scale the Paris monument.

A person could be seen dangling just below the third and highest level of the structure. A rescuer dressed in red was just above him.

Police said the climber was a male.

It wasn't immediately clear how the trespasser managed to get past the stringent security system.

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.

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A security steel fence is pictured around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
The new glass security fence, that is under construction, is seen around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Tourists and visitors queue to pass the security check at the entrance to the new glass fence around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Tourists and visitors queue to pass the security check at the entrance to the new glass fence around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
The new glass security fence, that is under construction, is seen around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
A security steel fence is pictured around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
The new glass security fence, that is under constructioni, is seen around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A security steel fence is pictured around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
This picture taken on June 14, 2018 in Paris shows part of a bulletproof glass wall to be set around the Eiffel tower as an anti-terrorism measure. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on June 14, 2018 shows part of a new steel fence set around the Eiffel tower in Paris as an anti-terrorism measure. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

The tower, the tallest structure in Paris, is 324 meters (1,063 feet) high, about the same height as an 81-story building.

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