Security was stepped up at the Eiffel Tower on Friday ahead of Sunday’s presidential election in France after Greenpeace activists scaled the Paris landmark and hung out a big political banner.

The early morning escapade in which activists used mountaineering helmets, ropes and shackles prompted the Paris police chief to call an emergency meeting where the new security measures were decided.

Separately, police officers arrested a “radicalised” former soldier near a military airbase near the town of Evreux northwest of the French capital in an incident that judicial sources said was related to a counter-terrorist inquiry.

A shotgun was found in nearby undergrowth, in addition to a cartridge and a Koran in the car he had left at the edge of the airbase, where he was arrested in the early morning on returning to the spot, the sources said.

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