French Daredevils Collared For Climbing Barca Skyscraper

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

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This is the moment two French daredevils scale the iconic Torres Glories skyscraper in Barcelona to take selfies before being rescued and punished by the Catalan authorities.

The incident took place at the 145-metre high (475-foot) Torres Glories in the city of Barcelona in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia when Frenchmen Leo Urban and Nico Mathieux scaled to the top.

The pair has planned the adventure for several years and are said to be friends of the ‘French Spider-Man’ Alain Robert who climbed the same building in 2006, 2007 and 2016.

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Urban told Spanish media: “We have been thinking about this idea of climbing the Barcelona tower for five years, as well as other iconic buildings we do not want to reveal yet.

“It all began when we climbed the Eiffel Tower together in 2015. We wanted another challenge outside of France, one that would be very symbolic.”

Reports said that 25-year-old Mathieux, who has his own YouTube channel with over 110,000 subscribers, regularly shares videos and photos of the pair’s exploits.

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They have filmed the Torres Glories climb, but have yet to release their own footage.

After the incident, the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police) took them to the police station to give a statement, according to local media.

Reports said that they have been not yet been charged.

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They were rescued from the top of the tower when firefighters opened a window to let them into the building.

Urban explained: “When we take part in these kinds of stunts, we never think about the escape, we only think about getting to the top.

“We wait there until the police arrive and then accept the punishment.”

Local media said they could be fined around 600 EUR (512 GBP) for climbing the building without permission.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.