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With leaps and bounds, parkour athletes turn off the lights in Paris

By Constant Méheut

13 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Nonviolent vigilantes are roaming the streets of Paris, defending against cases of electricity waste. These Parkour athletes are making a crucial statement, at a time when an energy crisis looms.

After taking a few steps back to get a running start, Hadj Benhalima dashed toward the building, pushed against its wall with his foot, propelled himself upward and stretched out his arm.

At the peak of his leap, he flipped off a light switch, more than 10 feet off the ground. A click sound rang out, and the bright lights of a nearby barbershop went off instantly.

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