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Tightrope walker stuns Parisians with high-wire feat

French tightrope artist Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga impressed hundreds of Parisians on Saturday with a performance that featured a walk on a rope suspended 35 metres above the ground in the city's hilly northern district of Montmartre.

Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga walked on rope suspended 35 metres above city's Montmartre district

Tightrope walker Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga advances on a tightrope as she scales the Monmartre hill towards the Sacré Coeur Basilica. (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

French tightrope artist Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga impressed hundreds of Parisians on Saturday with a performance that featured a walk on a rope 35 metres above the ground in the city's hilly Montmartre district.

Bongonga, 34, walked on a wire suspended by a crane at the base of the hill's steps towards the Sacré Coeur basilica, accompanied by a chamber orchestra and without any security equipment, a gesture many in the audience found nerve-wracking.

"It's very surprising and very dangerous. It really impressed me, actually. I noticed that she was not secured. There was a lot of acrobatics. I had a really good time," said spectator Jennifer Mandelbaum.

Acrobats practising tightrope walking, also called funambulism, maintain their balance by positioning their centre of mass directly over their base of support, a rope or a wire.

Bongonga, who prepared for the show for a year, has been practising tightrope walking since she was eight.

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