French slackliner wows crowds with Eiffel Tower performance


PARIS, September 18 (Reuters) – Slackliner Nathan Paulin was applauded by crowds of spectators in Paris as he made a 600-meter crossing from the Eiffel Tower across the Seine on Saturday.

Paulin, 27, moved along the slackline suspended 70 meters from the ground, at one point sitting and lying on the rope before arriving at the Théâtre de Chaillot at the end of the half-hour performance.

French acrobat Nathan Paulin walks a slackline between the Eiffel Tower and the Théâtre National de Chaillot as part of events organized in France for National Heritage Day in Paris, France, September 18, 2021. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

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“It’s really beautiful from the Eiffel Tower,” he said. “During the performance, I really didn’t feel it, I really wasn’t afraid of heights.”

Paulin said Saturday’s feat followed four years of training, not to mention overcoming his childhood fear of heights.

In 2019, the Frenchman made a slackline walk 150 meters high and 510 meters long between two skyscrapers in the La Défense business district in Paris.

Reporting by Clotaire Achi and Ardee Napolitano, written by Gus Trompiz, editing by Christina Fincher

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