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By Taniya Dutta


Commuters were left stunned when an adrenaline junkie backflipped in front of an oncoming train.

Raphaël Bourgeat-lami, 24, was filmed performing the move on the edge of a station platform in Paris as the train chugged in on Wednesday [Jan 23].

The mobile phone footage shows the thrill seeker, wearing a loose red sweatshirt and trackpants, waiting on the very edge of the platform as one lady asks why he is standing in such a precarious position.

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As soon as the train approaches the platform, a confident Raphaël performs the stunning flip – leaving the two women gasping.

Raphaël, from Nimes in the South of France, said: “It was a personal mental challenge.

“I tried the flip several times without the train, I did about 20 perfect ones first.

“The commuters watching were surprised and impressed. They told me to be careful.”

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Raphael, who shares his daredevil stunts with his 18,000 followers on Instagram page @raphoubl, said he never performs any stunts without being completely sure of safety.

The thrill seeker has been practicing parkour and free-running for the last 10 years.

He added: “Before making a flip that is risky, I test it many times to be 100% sure that I will succeed.

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“I do not think I am risking my life because I am focused on what I’m doing.

“I have been training for ten years and I think I have enough mastery to do that.”