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French 'Spiderman' scales 88-storied tower

Police in Shanghai have detained Alain Robert, after he scaled the 88-storied Jin Mao Tower.

world Updated: Jun 01, 2007 18:35 IST

Police in Shanghai have detained a daring Frenchman after he scaled the Chinese financial hub's tallest skyscraper, the landmark 88-storied Jin Mao Tower.

Clad in a Spiderman costume, Alain Robert - who only weighs 50 kg -- entered Jin Mao Tower at about 2:30 pm (local time) on Thursday and started to climb from Gate No 6, attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a grinding halt.

Managers of the tower had not been forewarned of the 44-year-old Frenchman's stunt.
To the astonishment of onlookers, Robert climbed right up to the 88th story before descending to the platform of the second storey where waiting police arrested him, Xinhua news agency reported from the eastern metropolis.

Robert is well-known for his exploits. In 1996, he climbed the Far East Finance Centre in Hong Kong. According to media reports, it took him only 25 minutes to scale the 48 stories of the tower.

In 1998 he annoyed Japanese police by climbing the Sinjuku Centre Building in Tokyo; and in 1999, he climbed the 443-metre high Sears Tower in Chicago.

Robert, who came to China on May 27, was expecting police to be waiting for him after his latest stunt. Police sources say he will be held for five days, according to Chinese law, and his stay in the country will probably be curtailed.

First Published: Jun 01, 2007 18:03 IST