A British police officer says she was raped at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower on Monday.
The victim, 23, has told French police she was attacked by a man wielding a knife at the Champ-de-Mars shortly before midnight that evening.
She said the suspect pulled out a knife as she tried to deflect his advances.
After the man fled, she called the police. An anti-crime squad rushed to the scene and the victim was taken care of by firefighters.
Police arrested a 35-year-old man around an hour after the woman reported the attack and gave a description of the suspect.
French police patrol at the Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on October 15, 2023
According to Le Parisien, the victim was a tourist staying overnight with a friend in the French capital.
The attacker was said to have seen that the victim was with a friend and ‘went behind a bush’ before allegedly attacking her.
Crews from the 7th police station arrested a man after the victim put calls in to the authorities and a suspect was taken into custody overnight.
Police have been pictured patrolling the area around the Eiffel Tower in recent days after the decision to put the nation on its highest state of alert after a deadly knife attack in northern France on Friday, October 13.
Mohammed, a 20-year-old Chechen refugee, stabbed a French schoolteacher to death and injured two other people in a knife attack at a school in Arras.
France deployed an additional 7,000 troops to patrol key areas after the attack.
Earlier today, the Palace of Versailles was evacuated due to a bomb threat.
It is the second time in days that the former French royal residence has been evacuated
The Palace was originally built by King Louis XIV in 1661 as a safe retreat outside of the capital.