- Title: A giant zip wire is installed on Paris' Eiffel Tower for adrenaline junkies
- Date: 5th June 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 4, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PERSON GOING DOWN ZIP LINE FROM SECOND FLOOR OF EIFFEL TOWER TO PLATFORM ON CHAMPS DE MARS CHAMPS DE MARS PERSON ARRIVING AT PLATFORM AT CHAMPS DE MARS (SOUNDBITE) (French) DIRECTOR OF THE PERRIER EVENT, FRANCOISE BRESSON, SAYING: "The sensation will be very impressive at the start, they will have to take the plunge, it's an engaged zip line. But after it will be pleasure for one minute." VARIOUS OF WOMEN GEARING UP (SOUNDBITE) (French) 19-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, CELIA BRESSON, SAYING: "I'm very excited and very impatient but no, frankly no fear. Frankly I really like heights so I'm not at all impressed." BOAT ON SEINE RIVER GLOBAL VIEW OF PARIS FROM SECOND FLOOR OF EIFFEL TOWER VARIOUS OF WOMAN WALKING UP TO PLATFORM MAN SECURING WOMAN TO ZIP LINE CROWD OF SPECTATORS LOOKING AT ZIP LINE WOMAN TAKING PICTURE VARIOUS OF WOMAN GOING DOWN ZIP LINE EIFFEL TOWER SPECTATORS LOOKING UP AT ZIP LINE FROM CHAMPS DE MARS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT CHAMPS DE MARS ZIP LINE FROM EIFFEL TOWER (SOUNDBITE) (French) ORGANISER OF SMASH PERRIER, THIERRY REBOUL, SAYING: "Well it's... the principal of the zip line is not a technical feat, it's quite current. Here, in this context, on the Eiffel Tower at 122 meters high, it is a premiere yes exactly." VARIOUS OF MAN RIDING ZIP LINE VARIOUS OF MAN ARRIVING AT CHAMPS DE MARS PLATFORM (SOUNDBITE) (French) 39-YEAR-OLD MAN, JULIEN BIDET, SAYING: "Well just I was saying you have the feeling you are going to die, and then you die. You relive when you arrive here, it's just amazing. It's great, it's amazing." VARIOUS OF MAN RIDING ZIP LINE
- Embargoed: 19th June 2017 13:20
- Keywords: Perrier zipwire Champs de Mars Paris Eiffel Tower Roland Garros France Smash Perrier adrenaline
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JV52RR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Do you want to know how fast a tennis ball goes? Zip down a line strung from the second floor of the Eiffel tower, 115 meters above the ground.
During the French Open and in association with tennis tournament Roland-Garros, bottled water vendor Perrier allows volunteers to down at 90 km/h, the speed of a tennis ball being smashed.
Volunteer Julien Bidet, 39, said he both feared and loved the experience, while 19-year-old Celia Bresson said she had plunged into the emptiness without a doubt in her mind.
Parisians and tourists who take the plunge will land on a platform in the Champs de Mars park at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, next to the Perrier Village where spectators will be able to follow tennis matches on a big screen throughout the week.
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