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Mystery man takes naked stroll on Paris Metro

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Most Parisians had only one thing on their minds on Tuesday evening – getting home from work in time to watch the football. But a mysterious naked man has left some commuters in the capital baffled and bemused as took a walk along the tracks "au naturel".

Everyone who has visited or lived in the French capital will have a story to tell of their experience on the Paris Metro .

The rail system is fabled for its eccentric characters and grimy romance, but you can forget the big rat you once saw scurrying on the tracks, or the Mariachi band moving between carriages that time because commuters at one packed station on Tuesday, had a real once in a lifetime experience. 

At around 7.30pm, travellers at Plaisance Metro in the 14th arrondissement were treated to the eye-watering and surreal sight of an entirely naked man prancing around on the tracks of Line 13, before being hauled off in his birthday suit by security.

"Our agents intervened straight away," a spokesman for rail provider RATP told Le Parisien. "This only lasted a few minutes."

His identity, as well as his motivations and mental state remain a mystery, for now.

Some of the French capital’s more drole denizens have, however, been ironically suggesting he might be one of the “incredible encounters” referred to by Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (NKM), in an interview this week in which she waxed lyrical about the Paris Metro.

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“For me the Metro is a charming place, unknown and familiar at the same time,” she told Elle magazine.

“I often take lines 13 and 8, and I have had some incredible encounters,” she added, suggesting a naked track walker might just be par for the course for her when it comes to the Metro.

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