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Two 'very drunk' American tourists found sleeping it off atop Eiffel Tower

PARIS – Two American tourists were found sleeping off a heavy night in the heights of Paris’ Eiffel Tower on Monday, after dodging security the night before, the monument’s operator said on Tuesday.

Security guards roused the men “in the early morning” as they were making their rounds before the French landmark’s 9am opening time, publicly owned Eiffel Tower operator Sete said.

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

The inebriated Americans spent their illicit night under the stars in a spot normally closed to the public, between the tower’s second and third levels, but “did not pose any apparent threat”, said Sete.

After paying for an entry ticket around 10.40pm on Sunday, the pair hopped security barriers while climbing down the stairs from the tower’s top, a police source said.

Firefighters, including a specialist unit for recovering people from dangerous heights, were sent to recover the interlopers, the police source added.

Both men were brought to the police station in Paris’ seventh district for questioning, while Sete said it would file a criminal complaint.

The discovery of the nocturnal infiltrators delayed the tower’s opening to the public on Monday morning for around an hour.

Two bomb threats had on Saturday forced the evacuation of the landmark, and police are now investigating.

A further e-mail with a bomb threat against the 330m steel tower was sent to three Paris police stations on Monday, but police advised against evacuating it. - AFP