French man breaks tightrope record

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Nathan Paulin has claimed a new world record for tightrope walking. The Frenchman completed a 2.2km-long walk on a tightrope, across France’s iconic Mont Saint-Michel.

The daredevil crossing took two hours as he carefully balanced on the two-centimetre wide slackline suspended between a crane and the famous abbey on the tidal island.

This feat steals the previous record away from….himself. Nathan walked 1,662 metres above the Cirque de Navacelles canyon in southern France in 2017.

And it seems he isn’t finished yet as Nathan’s already dreaming up his next record break.

“My next dream, I hope to be able to do it, would be to walk between the Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse Tower – 2.7km,” he says.

Where is Mont Saint-Michel?

Mont Saint-Michel is a UNESCO world heritage site on a tidal island in Normandy, France.

It houses a 1,300-year-old (and still functioning) Benedictine abbey as well as shops, museums, churches, and restaurants.

Though the tiny island may just seem like a tourist attraction, it does have a small local population of around 44 residents, including the monks and nuns at the Abbey.

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