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French ‘Spiderman’ Makes Anti-War Climb

April 1, 2003

PARIS (AP) _ A French climber who calls himself ``Spiderman″ scaled the 47-story headquarters of oil giant TotalFina Elf outside Paris on Tuesday to protest the war in Iraq.

Wearing a shirt with the message ``No war,″ Alain Robert reached the top of the office tower in less than an hour. At the top, he unfurled a flag with the same slogan.

Police greeted Robert at the top of the building, located in the La Defense financial district east of Paris, and escorted him to the ground floor.

``I wanted to protest against the war because I find the war completely illegal,″ Robert told reporters, as police led him away. It wasn’t clear whether he would be charged criminally.

Robert, 40, who is renowned for climbing without ropes or other equipment, has also climbed the Eiffel Tower and more than 30 skyscrapers, including New York’s Empire State Building in 1994, and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1997.

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