French Spiderman climbs Bucharest hotel

14th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The self-styled "French Spiderman" on Friday climbed up one of Bucharest's tallest buildings, the Hotel Intercontinental, as part of a publicity campaign.

Alain Robert, 48, crawled up balcony after balcony of the 22-storey building, using a rope and a harness.

Some two hundred Bucharesters watched from the sidewalk below, cheering and taking pictures.

But he stopped several metres before reaching the top in order to deploy a banner advertising a Romanian retailer.

"It was quite spectacular, but I would have liked to see him go all the way to the top," a housewife accompanied by her four-year-old daughter, said.

Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world's tallest buildings, including the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the 88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China.

© 2011 AFP

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