Man caught climbing the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a man was seen scaling it.

Paris (CNN)Officers have caught the man who climbed up the side of the Eiffel Tower on Monday afternoon, triggering an evacuation of the famous structure.

He is now under police control, a Paris police spokesperson told CNN. His motivation for scaling the Paris landmark remains unclear.
Officials closed the tower and began evacuating visitors after the man was first spotted. The situation lasted just over seven hours before the climber's capture.
    Pictures and videos of the individual climbing up the tower, which is 324 meters (1,062 feet) tall, have been circulating online.