A man was detained by gendarmes in Paris after he climbed the wall of the National Assembly's building and removed a tricolour flag, Le Parisien reports.
According to the paper, the man was spotted on CCTV and was detained immediately after he climbed down. The thief was a 23-year-old man who was drunk at the time of the incident, the newspaper reported. He was handed over to the police and placed in a drunk tank.
The man lives in the 15th arrondissement in the southwest of Paris and was known to the police as a repeat offender.
The National Assembly is the lower house of the French parliament. It is located at the Palais Bourbon in the city's 7th arrondissement.