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23.11.2019 Europe

Tightrope walker Nathan Paulin treads very fine line between two Parisian towers

By RFI
Tightrope walker Nathan Paulin treads very fine line between two Parisian towers
NOV 23, 2019 EUROPE

Anyone in Paris's business district casting their eyes skywards Friday morning will have enjoyed the quiet spectacle of French tightrope walker Nathan Paulin delicately treading a slackline 150 metres above the ground.

Holder of several world records, the 25-year-old was livestreamed braving the 2.5cm wide strap, which was stretched 510 metres between two towers in La Défense.

The footage, taken by a drone, will be broadcast as part of the 33rd French Telethon on 6 and 7 December.

The French Telethon, the country's biggest charity event, is due to take place next month.

Last year, 23-year-old Paulin took nearly half an hour to complete a  walk across France's River Seine along a slackline, a flat webbing similar to a tightrope, between the first level of the Eiffel Tower and Paris' Trocadero square. 

The rope was suspended nearly 200 feet up in the air enabling Paulin to set a new record for the longest ever crossing made in an urban area.

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