Eiffel Tower closed after man spotted climbing half way up 1,063-foot structure

Eiffel Tower closed after man spotted climbing half way up 1,063-foot structure

The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris has been forced to close after a man in a red jacket was discovered climbing halfway up the iconic structure.

Measuring 1,063-feet, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most famous tourist attractions.

When the man was discovered, the tower was immediately evacuated.

The news was broken on Twitter where operators announced that the tower was closed "until further notice."

The Daily Mail reports that a spokesman for the tower said at 4:00 pm on Monday: "The Eiffel Tower is currently closed until further notice, because of an unidentified climber. Police are negotiating with the man who is in a very dangerous position. To avoid a long wait, we advise people to postpone their visit."

"We kindly advise our visitors to postpone their visit," officials wrote in French and English.

Deputy News Editor of the Irish Independent, Claire Murphy, was at the top of the tower during the incident and she wrote the following Tweets on location:

The incident began at 2:15 pm local time.

Fox News reports that authorities are trying to talk the man down.

The man was subsequently spotted by onlookers by the time he had reached the top of the tower.

Police and firefighters have been called to the scene, France's BFM-TV reports.

We will have more on this story as it develops.