Frenchman acrobat Nathan Paulin, 27, walked the 600-meter slackline from the Eiffel Tower to the Chaillot Theater on the other side of the Seine in a half hour. Paulin holds several world records and his longest walk so far is a 1662-meter highline suspended at a height of 300 meters at Cirque de Navacelles, a landform in the Massif Central mountain range in southern France. He said such tasks helped him find a “true inner peace” through the combination of intense concentration and mastery over his body since 2011 when he began slacklining. This performance was part of the celebrations in Paris for European Heritage Days and the launch of the Cultural Olympiad, which also included a number of other performances by French artists.
Paulin’s slackline was suspended 70 meters above ground. He stopped for a few breaks, sitting or lying on the rope. The acrobat said obtaining the necessary authorisations had been a difficulty as well as ‘the stress linked to the audience, the fact that there are a lot of people’. He said his motivation was ‘mainly to do something beautiful and to share it and also to bring a new perspective on heritage, it is to make heritage come alive.’ Mr Paulin had previously already crossed the River Seine on a tightrope, on Heritage Day in 2017.