Police are on the scene as tourists were reportedly trapped in the lifts of the tower

Tourists were left in a state of panic at the Eiffel Tower tonight after a man acting suspiciously led to the famous landmark being evacuated.

Visitors were trapped in the tower lifts as police dealt with the suspect.

Initial reports suggested that the incident involved a weapon, but this was not confirmed.

A witness who said he was at the base of the tower said the whole area was cleared.