|A forty-one year old Frenchman was detained by Australian police today after climbing Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge, without the aid of rope or harness. He was naked from the waist up with the name of an, as yet, unidentified Internet gambling website trumpeted across his back and chest.|
The identity of the man is also unknown, although a call to the Associated Press prior to the stunt identified him as the “French Spiderman”. This would indicate him to be one Alain Robert, a crazed, death-defying, one-man publicity-stunt and climber extraordinaire who in the past has scaled the Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Robert’s website reveals he has recently signed a sponsorship deal with GoldenPalace.com, a site well known for their unconventional publicity campaigns, that include hiring streakers for prestigious sporting events such as the British and American Opens and the UEFA Cup Final.
It is not known whether the daredevil Gallic Webslinger will be charged with any offence.