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‘French Spiderman’ climbs Paris skyscraper as protest against pension law

Alain Robert, a renowned French free climber known as the “French Spiderman”, scaled a 38-storey skyscraper in Paris to show his support for the protesters who are angry about the new French pension law. The law will delay the retirement age in France, which will directly impact Robert, who would have to work for a longer period to retire. The 60-year-old climber climbed the 150-metre skyscraper in Paris’ La Defense business district without a harness, using only his hands and climbing shoes. Robert has climbed over 150 towering structures worldwide, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Eiffel Tower, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Macron, the French President, signed the pension reform law into effect last weekend after months of street protests. The new law will gradually raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. Robert’s climb sends a message to Macron to come “back down to earth” and climb with no safety net.

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