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  • n. Plural form of cataphile.


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  • One recent Saturday, several dozen "cataphiles," as these explorers are known, climbed down an embankment in south Paris to a unused railroad track.

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  • Meet the cataphiles: David Babinet, a French filmmaker, often explores the Paris underground.

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  • Meet the cataphiles: Daniel Garnier-Moiroux crawls through a very tight section of the Paris catacombs.

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  • Meet the cataphiles: "Cat" is a 24-year-old who enjoys exploring the underground.

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  • The muralist introduced himself to me as "Psyckose," as many cataphiles use a "nom de cave" to escape detection above ground by police.

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  • Other cataphiles use no map at all and walk in darkness.

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  • Meet the cataphiles: Art is a common sight below Paris, such as the mural that "Lone" as he goes by has been working on for more than a year.

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  • Meet the cataphiles: Gilles Thomas is the author of

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  • Despite the best efforts of maintenance workers to seal off illicit entrances and police patrols that slap heavy fines on trespassers, the maze of tunnels is so extensive that it is simply not possible to keep ahead of the so-called cataphiles.

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