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Updated: 2006-03-17 09:13

French 'spider-man' climbs 31-story tower

法国“蜘蛛人”再出江湖 爬楼抗议警方不公

French 'spider-man' climbs 31-story tower

Alain Robert, aka Spiderman, the French skyscraper climber who goes by the name of the comic book superhero, climbs one of the twin Mercuriales towers in Bagnolet, east of Paris, Wednesday, March 15, 2006. The tower reaches 120 meters (393.70 feet).

French skyscraper climber Alain Robertscaleda 31-floor office building outside Paris on Wednesday using only his bare hands, his last climb before spending a week in prison in Texas.

Robert was arrested in Houston in November on charges oftrespassingand drug possession as he was about to climb the 46-floor One Houston Center. Police said they believed Robert was carrying thesedative Xanax, while the climber says it was a prescription anti-epilepsy medication.

Robert said his effort Wednesday was a protest against the court decision ordering him to serve prison time.

"I don't really understand why they are charging me with criminal trespass, as I didn't even climb," Robert said before ascending the 400-foot Mercurial Tower in the suburb of Bagnolet. He wore a skintight black and yellow outfit covered with advertisements.

Robert has climbed more than 70 of the world's tallest structures, including the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, with his bare hands and without a safety net.










scale:  to climb; ascend(攀登)

trespass:  to intrude or infringe (非法侵入)

sedative Xanax:(一种抑制抑郁症的镇静药物,过量服用能上瘾)



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