Police and the owner of the monument reported that a man was detained in Paris on Thursday after using a parachute to leap off the Eiffel Tower.
Long before the tower’s official opening, the man, an experienced climber, entered its perimeter just after 5:00 am (0300 GMT).
According to Sete, the site’s operator, he was promptly discovered by the guards, but he still made it to the top before anybody could stop him, toting the parachute in a backpack.
He leapt when he was nearly at the 330-meter peak of the building.
The man flew into a neighbouring stadium, where he was detained for putting other people’s lives at jeopardy, according to the police.
“This kind of irresponsible action puts people working at or below the tower in danger,” Sete said in a statement.
With 5.9 million tourists expected in 2022, the Eiffel Tower is the most popular tourist attraction in the French city. According to Sete, who also noted that it has launched legal action against the guy, the event caused a short delay in the tower’s regular 9:00 am opening.
Following false bomb alerts last week, the Eiffel Tower was twice evacuated on the same day. And on Monday, after eluding security the previous night, two intoxicated American visitors were discovered dozing off in the tower’s heights.