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A French slackliner crosses the Seine from the Eiffel Tower in a breathtaking waterfall

Frenchman Nathan Paulin rode the 600m slackline from the Eiffel Tower to the Chaillot theater across the Seine, in a trip that took the 27-year-old just half an hour.

However, this isn’t the first time Paulin has attempted the feat – he previously walked a similar route from the Eiffel Tower in December 2017, for a TV fundraiser.

When he first did it, he set the world record for the longest urban walk in a safety harness by a man – a record that remains unmatched today.

At times, sitting and lying on the slackline during Saturday’s performance, Paulin’s performance drew rapturous applause from the crowds watching below and the Eiffel Tower.

This year’s initiative was organized with the help of French dancer and choreographer Rachid Ouramdane and organized by the Théâtre de Chaillot, with performances taking place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Slacklining is similar to tightrope walking, but involves a line that has not been stretched, but instead moves with the user. Paulin’s slackline was suspended 70 meters above the ground, according to Reuters news agency.

Paulin’s feat was part of the celebrations in Paris of the European Heritage Days and the launch of the Cultural Olympiad, which also included many other performances by French artists.

According to his website, Paulin holds several world records and his longest walk to date is a 1662 meter highline suspended at a height of 300 meters at the Cirque de Navacelles, a landform in the Massif Central mountain range in the south from France.

Paulin started slacklining in 2011 and says it has helped him find “real inner peace” through a combination of intense focus and mastery of his body.