PARIS – Police arrested a man who climbed the Eiffel Tower earlier this month, leading to visitors being temporarily stranded at the summit – including a reporter for The Associated Press and a Washington, DC, couple who decided to wait to get married.
Amir Khan plans to propose to Kat Warren later on October 19 in a garden in Paris away from the crowds, with a romantic dinner by the River Seine also on the menu.
But when the elevators were temporarily closed due to the climber, trapping the couple and others upstairs, Khan decided to unleash his surprise.
Pat Eaton-Robb, an AP reporter from Connecticut who was also trapped there, got their story.
“I think we’re going to be here a lot longer than I thought,” Khan told an AP reporter. “That’s why I don’t want to miss dinner and he always wants to propose at or under the Eiffel Tower. So I thought, ‘This is it, this is the moment.'”
And the answer?
“Yes,” of course.
“He gave me a lot of chances to say ‘Yes’,” Warren said, laughing.
Besides, when stuck at the top of a 1,083-foot tower, how could anyone say “No”?
If it had happened, “someone else would have climbed the Eiffel Tower today,” he joked.
The climber was found between the second and third floors of the tower, said Alice Beunardeau, communications director for the Paris landmark. A specialist team of firefighters led the man and police arrested him, he said.
Beunardeau said he was later informed that the man was carrying a banner about American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish.
“I think it’s ‘Free Billie Eilish,'” he said. “I’m not sure of that at the moment but on the face of it, that’s the message.”
AP’s Eaton-Robb and his wife Kathleen had a bad week visiting Paris: On Tuesday, they were among a crowd that was evacuated from the Palace of Versailles because of a security scare.