French climber dazzles Havana

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Schoolchildren posed for photographs with French daredevil Alain Robert (centre) after he climbed the exterior of their elementary school building without using ropes or a safety net in Old Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday.

Havana - The French “Spider-Man” continues to dazzle Havana with his unassisted, death-defying climbs.

Alain Robert already climbed the 216m-high Habana Libre hotel on Monday.

On Tuesday, it was an elementary school in colonial Old Havana that made up in difficulty what it lacked in height.

The 50-year-old Robert took 15 minutes to ascend the three stories of the graceful stone building, which offered little in the way of hand- and foot-holds. Tourists and schoolchildren gasped and shouted words of encouragement.

Several youngsters then tried to imitate the French daredevil, but were unable to climb more than a few feet before losing their grip.

Robert has scaled the planet's loftiest skyscrapers from the Empire State Building to Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest. - Sapa-AP


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