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Two American tourists found sleeping in Eiffel Tower

Two drunken Americans have been found sleeping it off up the Eiffel Tower, forcing the famous Paris landmark to open late.

The inebriated tourists were woken up early Monday morning by security guards, the monument’s operator said.

They had dodged members of the same team after entering the attraction late the night before.

Guards making their rounds before the usual opening time of 9am, woke the men “in the early morning”, Sete, the operator of the publicly-owned tower, said on Tuesday.


Paris prosecutors said they “appear to have got stuck because of how drunk they were,” AFP reported.

The inebriated Americans had spent the night between the tower’s second and third floors, in an area normally closed to the public but Sete said they “did not pose any apparent threat.”

The visitors bought tickets for entry at around 10:40pm on Sunday, then jumped over security barriers while making their way down from the top, police said.

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Firefighters, including a specialist unit for recovering people from dangerous heights, were sent to bring down the two, AFP, quoting a police source, added.

Both men were taken to a Paris police station for questioning, while Sete said it would file a criminal complaint.


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