France: Jumping-Off Place

Since its erection for the 1889 Paris World's Fair, Engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel's spidery 984-ft. iron tower has attracted more attention seekers than anything in France except the bikini.

Mountain climbers have scaled its sides, acrobats have walked up on their hands, stunt pilots have flown between its legs, and an adventurous baker once teetered all the way up the 363 steps to the first platform on a pair of stilts. Even more spectacularly the descent has been at tempted by bicycle, parachute and, in 1911, by a tailor who rigged himself...

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