The Eiffel Tower was briefly closed to the public on Saturday morning – after a Greenpeace demonstrator suspended himself from the second tier of the landmark monument to call for the release of fellow activists detained in Russia.
The man, named as Patrice, was brought down by firemen after approximately two hours, and the attraction was re-opened.
Greenpeace supporter Cyril Cormier explained that the protest was also a call to the French government to take action:
“The Prime Minister will meet President Putin in a couple of days in Russia and we’re asking him to discuss the situation of our activists and to ask for their release with President Putin next week,” Cormier said.
Twenty eight Greenpeace activists and two journalists have spent more than a month in a Murmansk jail over a protest they staged against oil drilling in the Arctic. They attempted to scale a platform operated by Russian energy giant Gazprom.
The group, known as the ‘Arctic 30’, are facing charges of hooliganism and could face up to seven years behind bars.