French ‘Spiderman’ Scales Skyscrapers Harness-Free

Alain Robert, 54, has a lifelong passion for scaling skyscrapers and other structures with only his hands and a good pair of climbing shoes despite his frequent arrests by police for unauthorized stunts. The French daredevil added the Agbar Tower in Barcelona, Spain, to his repertoire of over 100 conquered buildings and structures on Nov. 25, 2016. See some of his wildest climbs from around the world.

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Alain Robert's latest stunt involved scaling the Agbar Tower with only hands and feet in Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 25, 2016. The La Sagrada Familia Basilica designed by architect Antoni Gaudi can be seen in the background, left.
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Robert's native France features in many of his escapades. He scaled the building of French energy group Total in the La Defense business center in Paris, France, on March 21, 2016.
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Robert talks to the media right before he climbs the building of French energy group Engie in Paris on Sept. 23, 2015. An activist who sometimes uses his stunts to make political statements, Robert unfurled a banner reading 'Nothing to Hide' to call attention to a group called Transferwise that allows people to transfer money without paying bank fees, and is pushing for more transparency in the financial world.
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Robert climbs the Montparnasse tower, a 210m (689 ft) skyscraper located in the Montparnasse area of Paris, France, on April 28, 2015. His climb was in solidarity with the victims of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal.
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Robert waves after climbing 153 meters (502 feet) of Galaxy Macau's East Tower in Macau on April 23, 2014. This stunt, far from political, was made to promote "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
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Robert waves below as he climbs the Metropolis Building during lunch hour on Dec.11, 2013, in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Curious tourists and locals watch from below as Robert scales the Habana Libre hotel without using a safety harness. He claims his main concern is with the disrepair of the hotel, like other Havana landmarks.
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Robert reapplies chalk to his hands as he scales the Habana Libre hotel without using ropes or a safety net, in Havana, Cuba, on Feb. 4, 2013. He was able to reach the top of the 27-story building in 30 minutes.
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Robert is seen clinging to a pillar as he climb 300 meters up The Torch hotel in Doha on April 12, 2012. Robert, who has been scaling tall buildings since the age of seven, took 75 minutes to complete his first climb in Qatar of the hotel that was built for the 2006 Asian Games.
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Robert scales the 215m (705 feet) high, 50 floors Bakrie Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 25, 2012. The stunt was part of an anniversary exhibition in celebration of a local TV station.
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Robert waves to fans in Bucharest, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, as he climbed part of the facade of a 77 meter (252ft) tall hotel in the Romanian capital to promote a local electronics retailer.
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Robert ascends the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 28, 2011.
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Robert hangs next to the side of a cart as he makes his way up the Singapore Flyer, Singapore's version of the London Eye, on Nov. 5, 2010.
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Robert is met by police as he reaches the top of the 57-story Lumiere building on August 30, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. Robert, who has scaled more than 85 structures around the world at this point of his career, successfully climbed the Lumiere building in 25 minutes.
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Robert climbs the GDF-Suez tower, standing at 185 meters (607ft) in the business district La Defense in the outskirts of Paris, on April 7, 2010.
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Robert scrambles up the 62-story, 283-meter (928 feet) tall Cheung Kong Center, the flagship building of Hong Kong's richest man, Li Ka-shing, in Hong Kong Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009.
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Robert scales the City Tower on Nov.12, 2008 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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People in the street look up at Robert as he scales the 23-story Phoenicia Hotel at 70 meters (231ft) without a harness in Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 11, 2008.
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Robert climbs the 154-meter Skyper building in Frankfurt, Germany, on Monday, July 7, 2008, as a protest against the G8 summit in Japan and global warming.
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Robert climbs the 52-story New York Times building June 5, 2008 in New York City to hang a banner that read "Global warming kills more people than a 9/11 every week." He was arrested after the climb, as was the man who climbed the same building hours after him.
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Robert climbs the Hotel Puerta America-Madrid in Madrid, Spain, on Feb. 19, 2008.
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Robert, known as 'Spiderman,' climbs onto the roof of a 242-meter (264-yards) tall skyscraper in Moscow, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007.
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Robert gives a thumbs up as he scales 88-story Jin Mao Tower, China's tallest building, with bare hands in Shanghai, China, May 31, 2007.
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Robert scales the TAIPEI 101 building, then the tallest building in the world, on Dec. 25, 2004 in Taipei, Taiwan. Robert took almost four hours to reach the top of the 508-meter (1,679ft) building - nearly twice as long as he expected - because of the rain.
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Robert, right, was rescued during the climbing of the Grande Arche de la Defense outside Paris, Sept. 8, 1999. He reportedly felt faint and could not complete the climb.
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Robert reaches the top floor of Hotel Melia in Kuala Lumpur on March 28, 1997. He was arrested on March 20, 1997, when he tried to climb one of the 88-story Petronas Towers, then the world's tallest skyscrapers, without permission. His climb of the hotel from the second-floor swimming pool to the 14th floor in about 10 minutes was watched by 600 spectators.
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