The metro trains that zip through every part of the City of Light make tempting targets for would-be daredevils and they proved to be too much of a temptation for one French stuntman.
In the roughly 42-second video “Mister Puma”, as he calls himself, jumps onto a metro train as it shoots out of a tunnel just before the Barbés-Rochechouart station. He lands on the roof of one of its cars, but the momentum of the train sweeps him off his feet and sends him sliding.
French daily Le Parisien reported the video has racked up 230,000 clicks in its brief time on the web and grabbed the attention of media across Europe, with the man being labelled the “death wish stuntman”.
After his jump Mister Puma explains in the clip that “it didn’t go exactly as planned, but I did it. And I'm alive.”
The shortcomings of the jump haven't served as deterrent for him. “I see some stuff to improve on. I’ll do it again,” he says.
This isn’t Mister Puma’s first cinematic adventure on the Paris metro. In fact a video uploaded in June 2008 and called “Ultimate Subway” shows some of his incredible or foolhardy stunts, depending on your view, on the city’s public transport network.
The clip below shows him balancing precariously in a handstand on the end of a Metro bridge and later he actually launches himself over the tracks from one platform to another. Incredibly, he lands on his hands.
Mister Puma didn't invent the idea of jumping onto the roof of a moving train. The stunt is one of the classics of action films and has already inspired a few copy cats, with deadly consequences.
The Local reported in in May 2013, the story of a man killed while "train surfing" on a metro carriage. He was killed instantly as the train entered a tunnel.
And in March this year an Italian photographer won a prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia competition for a video about “train surfing” in South Africa.