A daring adventurer who bills himself as Spiderman and attempts to climb the world’s most distinctive structures has been detained by Chinese authorities.:
Intrepid climber Alain Robert, nicknamed the “French Spiderman”, has been jailed for five days after scaling China’s tallest building, police and French officials said Friday.
Robert’s climb up Shanghai’s 430-metre (1,420-feet) Jin Mao Tower Thursday without safety ropes attracted a large crowd and stopped traffic. He was arrested upon returning to ground level.
“Alain Robert has not been expelled, but he has been jailed for an expected period of five days,” France’s deputy consul general in Shanghai, Anne Denis-Blanchardon, told AFP.
“We are trying to obtain a reduction in his punishment and get access to him in prison.”
A spokeswoman for China’s Public Security Office, who gave only her surname Xin, confirmed that Robert had been arrested after his daring feat and would face an “administrative detention” of five days.