Paris-chute: Man arrested after parachuting from Eiffel Tower


A man has jumped from the Eiffel Tower.

  • A man was arrested after jumping from the Eiffel Tower.
  • He climbed it before opening time.
  • He had a parachute in his backpack.

A man was arrested in Paris on Thursday after jumping off the Eiffel Tower with a parachute, police and the monument’s operator said.

The man, an experienced climber, entered the tower’s perimeter shortly after 05:00 (03:00 GMT), well before its official opening.

He was quickly detected by guards, according to the site’s operator Sete, but still managed to get to the top before anybody could stop him, carrying the parachute in a backpack.

Once he got near the top of the 330m-high structure, he jumped.

The man landed in a nearby stadium where he was arrested for endangering the lives of others, police said.

“This kind of irresponsible action puts people working at or below the tower in danger,” Sete said in a statement.

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The Eiffel Tower is the French capital’s top tourist spot, attracting 5.9 million visitors in 2022.

The tower’s opening, usually at 09:00, was slightly delayed due to the incident, Sete said, adding that it had filed criminal charges against the man.

Last week, the Eiffel Tower was evacuated twice on the same day following hoax bomb alerts.

And on Monday, two inebriated American tourists were found sleeping off a heavy night in the heights of the tower, having dodged security the night before.

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