Climber scales tallest skyscraper in central Paris with bare hands in T-shirt

A climber has been arrested after scaling the tallest skyscraper in central Paris on Friday night.

Videos posted on social media showed the wannabe Spider-Man used his bare hands to get to the top of the 689ft Montparnasse Tower before he was arrested.

The climber appears to be 32-year-old Polish man Marcin Banot. His Instagram page showed him staring up at a tall building in Paris on Wednesday with the caption: "Calm down…"

He also uploaded a number of videos to the build up to his climb as well footage of him scaling the tall building and the aftermath.

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Emergency services including police cars and ambulances were scrambled to the iconic building in the French capital.

Numerous onlookers said the climber set off from the bottom at 7pm and didn't stop.

One said: "It looked incredibly dangerous, and some thought it might be a suicide attempt, but he just kept going."

Images showed the man wearing a white T-shirt and shorts as he hauled himself up the building, looking extremely relaxed.

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As he got towards the top, a rescuer believed to be part of a police unit came down the tower using ropes and a safety harness, and escorted the climber to relative safety, before he was arrested.

A Paris police source said: "A man was taken into custody at the Montparnasse Tower following an illegal climb."

The glass and steel edifice was completed in 1973, and remains the tallest building of its kind in the centre of Paris.

French urban climber Alain ‘Spider-Man’ Robert, 58, used his bare hands and feet to climb Montparnasse Tower twice, in 1995 and 2015.

His solo climbs have led to him being arrested on numerous occasions, but he has also done some sponsored ascents with the permission of the authorities.

During the April 2009 G-20 London summit, Robert climbed to the ninth floor of the Lloyd's building in the City and unfurled a 100-foot banner declaring that there were 100 months left to save the planet.

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