Eiffel Tower Evacuated Over Terror Threat

Man carrying knife arrested at Eiffel Tower

French anti-terrorism investigators have taken over an investigation into an armed man's attempt to force his way into the Eiffel Tower, a judicial source in Paris said Sunday.

The incident was initially treated as a criminal matter, but was later designated a counter-terrorism case because of the suspect's statements to police and his apparent radicalisation, the source said.

According to the website of the newspaper "Le Parisien", the man carrying a knife was arrested while trying to force entry into one of the security checks on the Eiffel Tower on Saturday around 11:30 pm local time, shouting "Allah Akbar" when he acted.

French officials said no shots were fired and that the man was "very quickly overpowered and arrested" by security forces that surrounded him.

It reopened to tourists as usual on Sunday morning.

He said he wanted to attack a soldier.


He is said to be a Frenchman born in the West African state of Mauritania.

An anonymous French security source told the agency that the assailant claimed he was encouraged to try and attack a soldier by an Isis member he had recently been in contact with.

France has been on high alert since a series of terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016 that left more than 230 people dead.

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

The intruder was wearing a Paris Saint-Germain soccer shirt.

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

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