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'French Spiderman' turns 60, celebrates by climbing Paris skyscraper

Alain Robert, the free climber dubbed the "French Spiderman", scaled a 48-storey skyscraper in Paris with no ropes or specialist equipment, fulfilling a goal he had set for himself once he reached the age of 60.
Last Updated : 19 September 2022, 20:20 IST
Last Updated : 19 September 2022, 20:20 IST

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Alain Robert, the free climber dubbed the 'French Spiderman', scaled a 48-storey skyscraper in Paris, fulfilling a goal he had set for himself once he reached the age of 60. Credit: Reuters Photo
Alain Robert, the free climber dubbed the 'French Spiderman', scaled a 48-storey skyscraper in Paris, fulfilling a goal he had set for himself once he reached the age of 60. Credit: Reuters Photo
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Dressed in red, Robert raised his arms aloft as he reached the top of the 187-metre (613-foot) Tour TotalEnergies building, which towers over the French capital's La Defense business district. Credit: Reuters Photo
Dressed in red, Robert raised his arms aloft as he reached the top of the 187-metre (613-foot) Tour TotalEnergies building, which towers over the French capital's La Defense business district. Credit: Reuters Photo
Robert, who also wanted to use the climb to raise awareness about the need for climate change action, had already climbed the TotalEnergies tower on numerous occasions. Credit: Reuters Photo
Robert, who also wanted to use the climb to raise awareness about the need for climate change action, had already climbed the TotalEnergies tower on numerous occasions. Credit: Reuters Photo
He began climbing in 1975, training on the cliffs near his hometown of Valence in southern France. He took up solo climbing in 1977 and rapidly became a top climber. Credit: Reuters Photo
He began climbing in 1975, training on the cliffs near his hometown of Valence in southern France. He took up solo climbing in 1977 and rapidly became a top climber. Credit: Reuters Photo
Since then, he has climbed more than 150 towering structures around the world including Dubai's Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building, the Eiffel Tower, and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Credit: Reuters Photo
Since then, he has climbed more than 150 towering structures around the world including Dubai's Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building, the Eiffel Tower, and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Credit: Reuters Photo
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Published 19 September 2022, 05:46 IST

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