Eiffel Tower put in lockdown following security alert

Published on : Saturday, September 2, 2017

Eiffel TowerOn Friday (1 September), the Eiffel Tower was evacuated following a security alert. Tourists were trapped inside the lifts of the tower as the Paris landmark was put in lockdown.

 
According to media reports, eyewitnesses said a man was behaving suspiciously. One person has been arrested at the scene, it has been reported.

 
Bob Thomas, one of the people in the lift tweeted: “Anyone know what is going on at the Eiffel Tower? All been shut down. We’re stuck in one of the legs outside the lift. We’ve been locked in. They say another 30 minutes.”

 
The tower was closed at around 8pm BST and reportedly reopened 30 minutes later. French police confirmed they arrested a man near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Friday night.

 
“A person was arrested, the incident is finished,” an official at Paris police said. “He wasn’t armed, we’ll know more about his motives tomorrow,” the official added.

 
Earlier the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord station was evacuated. Eurostar said in a statement: “Apologies to travellers waiting for the 21:13 train from Paris to London St. Pancras. For security reasons, we are evacuating the departure lounge of Paris station. The train is expected to leave with a delay of +’90 minutes.”

 
Paris has been put on high alert following a spate of terror attacks in Europe.

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