A man rides a zip line from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, 115 meters above the ground and 800 meters long, as part of a free event in Paris, France, Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
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John Leicester has reported from France for the Associated Press since 2002 . This week, he got to try zip lining off the Eiffel Tower. Yes, the steel cable strung from the famous tower's second floor across to a small platform 800 meters away looked rust-free and taut enough.I flew right over them, with the zip line – and me – both emitting high-pitched squeals.The minute or so of flight, reaching a top speed, organizers said, just shy of 100 kph, zipped past in what felt like the blink of an eye.A New Zealander bungee jumped off the second floor in 1987 .The zip line opened Monday and will operate for just one week until Sunday, with 100 flights planned per day.
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