He wanted to show the famous rocky island of Mont-Saint-Michel "a different way": The French high-wire artist Nathan Paulin balanced on a 2.2-kilometer-long slackline at a height of 100 meters on the island in Normandy in northern France.

According to his team, he set a new world record on Tuesday.

"It was a very intense experience," said Paulin after his arrival.

The two-centimetre-wide band was stretched between a crane on the mainland and Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey.

Paulin, wearing jeans and a blue and white striped T-shirt, was barefoot and wearing a seat belt.

After heavy gusts of wind just before the start, the weather remained calm during his demonstration.

"It's a wonderful place that has always fascinated me," said 28-year-old Paulin, who wanted to run the route in the other direction again on Wednesday, with the abbey behind him.

His next dream?

"I would like to do the same between the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower, which is 2.7 kilometers," he says.

He acknowledged that this was a significant technical challenge.

Paulin has already set several world records in the past and has already walked twice on a rope stretched across the Seine between the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero in Paris.