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"French Spiderman" conquers Paris skyscraper

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Published on January 15, 2020 - Duration: 01:34s
Climber scales Paris skyscraper in support of pension strikers
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"French Spiderman" conquers Paris skyscraper

SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

VARIOUS OF 57-YEAR-OLD FRENCH FREE CLIMBER KNOWN AS "FRENCH SPIDERMAN", ALAIN ROBERT, WALKING TOWARD BUILDING AND STARTING TO CLIMB, ROBERT DIPPING HIS HAND IN POUCH CONTAINING CHALK PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 13, 2020) (ALAIN ROBERT - NO RESALE) 2.

ROBERT CLIMBING PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3.

VARIOUS OF ROBERT CLIMBING PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 13, 2020) (ALAIN ROBERT - NO RESALE) 4.

ROBERT WALKING PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5.

ROBERT CLIMBING PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 13, 2020) (ALAIN ROBERT - NO RESALE) 6.

ROBERT CLIMBING PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7.

ROBERT CLIMBING PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 13, 2020) (ALAIN ROBERT - NO RESALE) 8.

ROBERT CLIMBING PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 9.

BUILDING 10.

ROBERT REACHING TOP SKYSCRAPER STORY: Alain Robert, the free climber called the "French Spider-Man" scaled the Tour Total, a 48-storey skyscraper in Paris, to demonstrate support for workers striking against President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plans on Monday (January 13).

Robert, 57, stood with both arms aloft after reaching the summit of the 187-metre (613-foot) high tower, which stands in the French capital's business district, La Defense.

France has been dogged by strikes and street protests for more than a month as unions push back against Macron's drive to streamline the pension system and avert a looming 17 billion euro pension deficit.

Robert often climbs without permission and has been arrested on numerous occasions.

He climbs without a harness, using only his bare hands, a pair of climbing shoes, and a bag of powdered chalk to wipe off the sweat.

(Production: Manuel Ausloos, Pola Grzanka)

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