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Man with knife arrested at Eiffel Tower

The Paris landmark was evacuated as a precaution.

The Eiffel Tower illuminated in the French national colours after the November 2015 terror attack
The Eiffel Tower illuminated in the French national colours after the November 2015 terror attack
Image: Malte Christians/DPA/PA Images

A MAN CARRYING a knife has been arrested after he tried to force his way into the Eiffel Tower, the company that runs the Paris landmark has said.

The man, who was apparently alone, was “very quickly overpowered and arrested” and nobody was hurt, the statement added.

The incident happened at 11.30pm local time (10.30pm Irish time) last night, about half an hour before the tower normally stops admitting visitors.

After the arrest, police at the site checked the venue and called for it to be evacuated at around 12.30am, 15 minutes before the tower normally closes, the statement added.

Paris Saint-Germain

The would-be intruder was wearing a Paris Saint-Germain football shirt and at the time of the incident the tower was lit up with the team’s colours.

A screen near the bottom of the tower displayed a message welcoming Brazilian star Neymar to the club.

France has been under a state of emergency since the November 2015 attacks on Paris restaurants, a concert venue and a sports stadium that left 130 people dead.

Since the first wave of terror attacks in January 2015, 239 people have been killed.

© AFP 2017

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