Eiffel Tower closed after visitor tries to scale it

France's Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a person has tried to scale it.

The Paris monument's media office said the unidentified individual tried to climb up the tourist attraction on Monday afternoon.

But it was not clear how high the trespasser managed to get.

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A man (C) climbs up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, without any protection, on May 20, 2019. - The Eiffel Tower was evacuated on May 20, 2019 in the afternoon after a person was spotted climbing up the Paris landmark, the company that operates the structure said. "A climber has been spotted. It's the standard procedure: We have to stop the person, and in that case we evacuate the tower," an official told AFP, adding that police were on the scene. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
An unidentified man climbs the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
An unidentified man climbs the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, next to Paris fire brigade specialists in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
An unidentified man climbs the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, next to a Paris fire brigade specialist in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
An unidentified man climbs the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, close to Paris fire brigade specialists in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A Paris fire brigade specialist tries to assist an unidentified man (not pictured), climbing the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, next to in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Paris fire brigade specialists sit close to an unidentified man climbing the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Paris fire brigade specialists sit close to an unidentified man climbing the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Paris fire brigade specialists sit close to an unidentified man climbing the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Paris fire brigade specialists sit close to an unidentified man (not pictured) climbing the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Paris fire brigade specialists sit close to an unidentified man climbing the Eiffel Tower, which had to be evacuated, in Paris, France, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A climber is pictured between two iron columns of the Eiffel Tower Monday, May 20, 2019 in Paris. The Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after the man has tried to scale it. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Police prevent tourists from entering the area of the Eiffel Tower Monday, May 20, 2019 in Paris. The Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a person has tried to scale it. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
A rescue worker, left in red, climbs the Eiffel Tower Monday, May 20, 2019 in Paris. The Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a person has tried to scale it. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
A rescue worker, left in red, climbs the Eiffel Tower Monday, May 20, 2019 in Paris. The Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a person has tried to scale it. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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A Paris police spokeswoman said a team of firefighters including a climbing specialist is on the scene and in touch with the intruder, whose motivations remain unclear.

Officials have not immediately provided further information about the incident, and it is not known when the Eiffel Tower will reopen.

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The Eiffel Tower (Mike Egerton/PA)

It is not the first time a daredevil has attempted the feat.

In 2015, British "freerunner" James Kingston climbed the edifice without safety ropes and without permission, dodging security cameras as he went.

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