French 'Spiderman' Scales Paris Tower

Image: French climber Alain Robert
French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman," scales the 499-foot Ariane Tower at La Defense financial and business district outside Paris March 27. CHARLES PLATIAU / Reuters

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France’s Alain Robert, better known as "Spiderman,” climbed the 500-foot Ariane Tower in Paris' financial district, La Defense, as onlookers and police gathered to watch his 45-minute climb. Robert, an infamous urban climber, was arrested by police before being released later without being charged.

Alain Robert acknowledges the media and onlookers after climbing the Ariane Tower.Emmanuel Aguirre / Getty Images