Tightrope dancer crosses Seine from Eiffel Tower

A dream come true, tightrope dancer Nathan Paulin calls his walk at 70 metres high from the Eiffel Tower across the Seine. The 27-year-old Frenchman went out for half an hour and did some tricks along the way.

The 2.5 cm wide cord was stretched from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower to the roof of the Palais de Chaillot, across the river, a distance of 600 metres.

Thousands of people watched him make the crossing:

โ€œIt was beautiful,โ€ Paulin said afterwards. โ€œIt was a beautiful view of Paris, but I also had to focus on what I was doing.โ€

Paulin, who was secure with a safety line, sat down halfway through his trip and lie on the cord before moving on.

Later today, he makes the crossing, part of a cultural festival, again. According to the organization, it is the longest distance a tightrope walker has ever traveled in an urban environment.