Four held for attacking naked nun protesters

Four people suspected of attacking a group of topless feminists at a Paris demonstration earlier this month were arrested and detained on Wednesday, police said.

Four held for attacking naked nun protesters
Members of the Femen group spraying Catholic demonstrators (Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP)

Three of the people were rounded up from their homes for questioning early Wednesday, while the fourth was locked up later in the morning, according to media reports.

Militant members of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen were roughed up by several men when the women bared their breasts at a November 18th rally organized by the Civitas institute, a Catholic group against gay marriage.

Caroline Fourest, a journalist and essayist, was also attacked during the melee, which occurred on the sidelines of the demonstration, which attracted 9,000 people.

Fourest filed a complaint on November 19th which led to the Paris prosecutor’s office launching an investigation.

"Ten Femen activists had decided to make a peaceful and humorous protest, dressed as nuns with humorous slogans," Fourest was quoted as saying by Le Parisien newspaper.

"And when they are pushed toward the demonstrators, guys chased them, no holds barred," she said.

"The girls took hits in all parts of the body."

Civitas, for its part, has already launched a lawsuit against Femen members for “sexual exhibitionism” and protesting illegally, while offending a religious group by mocking their appearance.

The militants dressed up as bare-breasted nuns wearing only knickers and stockings.

They also threw tear gas canisters at the anti-gay marriage marchers, Civitas said.

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Topless protesters held in bid to ‘welcome’ Trump to Paris

French police on Sunday arrested three topless rights protesters who approached the motorcade of US President Donald Trump on the Champs-Elysees in Paris heading to a ceremony marking 100 years since the end of World War I.

Topless protesters held in bid to 'welcome' Trump to Paris
A Femen is dragged out of the way by French police. Photo: Sam Loeb/AFP
One of the protesters, who had slogans including “fake peacemakers” and “hypocrisy parade” written on their chests, got within metres of the rear of the motorcade after jumping over a barricade.
She was grabbed by a police officer, while a second woman could be seen being hauled away by security services on the edge of the famous thoroughfare.    A third woman, who was positioned a little higher up the avenue, also managed to breach the security cordon and run towards Trump's convoy with her arms raised.
She too was quickly overpowered by the police and all three were arrested. 
The incident revealed chinks in the tight security put in place for the event, with some 10,000 security force members deployed around a city which has been hit by a series of jihadist attacks since 2015.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Trump's security had “in no way been threatened”.
Inna Shevchenko, one of the leaders of radical feminist group Femen, confirmed the group was behind the protest.
Constance Lefèvre, another activist who was among the crowd but did not participate in the protest, told AFP that Femen was protesting the presence in Paris of leaders “who are responsible for most of the world's conflicts”.
She cited Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan, among others.
Trump's motorcade briefly paused due to the breach of security before continuing on to the Arc de Triomphe where around 70 world leaders had gathered to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
Three Femen protesters had already demonstrated at the Arc De Triomphe on Saturday morning to denounce the presence of “war criminals” among the guests at the ceremony.
The three were also arrested.
Femen activists also protested earlier on Saturday outside L'Arc de Triomphe. Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP