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Topless Femen accost Hollande at Paris show

VIDEO: Topless feminist activists from the militant group Femen tried to accost the French President François Hollande as he visited the Paris airshow on Friday. Hollande's security guards were quick to intervene to protect the president.

Topless Femen accost Hollande at Paris show
Femen accost Hollande at airshow. Photo: Screenshot I-Tele

Two members of the Paris based group feminist group bared all and ran towards the president as he went on a walk about during his visit to the air show at Le Bourget to the north of the city.

But the militants were pounced on by Hollande's security guards just as they got within arms reach of the president and forcibly lead away. (see video below)

The pair shouted "Free Femen" in reference to their fellow activists who have been locked up in Tunisia for a similar semi-naked protest.

The slogan 'Fly away from Islam' was painted on the chest of one of the protesters as they also cried out the names of the woman detained in Tunis.

Just as the activists were upsetting the peace at Le Bourget a lawyer for three European activists jailed for four months for baring their breasts in Tunis, said he expected a verdict in their appeal on Friday.

"I expect a decision during the day, after the hearing" which was due to begin at 1030 GMT, Souhaib Bahri told AFP.

He said the three young women, two French and one German, jailed on June 12 for an attack on public morals and indecency, had benefited from an accelerated appeals process. Appeals normally involve a delay of four to six months.

The three women were arrested on May 29 for staging their controversial demonstration outside the central courthouse in Tunis in support of Amina Sboui, a detained Tunisian activist from the same radical women's group.

The air show stunt is just the latest topless protest carried out by Femen's activists, however this is the first time they have ever got close to such a high profile figure.

Earlier this year they caused outrage when they bared all at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to bid their own 'adieu' to Pope Benedict.

They also disrupted a far right rally last month and last year caused a minor riot when they disguised themselves as nuns before removing their habits at a gay marriage protest.

(Video courtesy of Louve Hommelvik/Youtube)

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French president’s ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine

Valerie Trierweiler, the ex-girlfriend of former French president François Hollande, said on Thursday that she had been sacked by Paris Match magazine.

French president's ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine
Valerie Trierweiler wrote a tell-all book about the former president's affair. Photo: AFP

The journalist took revenge on Hollande for spurning her for actress Julie Gayet with a sensational 2014 kiss-and-tell memoir called Thank You for This Moment, which all but sank Hollande's presidency.

The book became an instant bestseller, and Hollande, a Socialist, never lived down his alleged references to the “toothless” poor.

Trierweiler, 55, had worked for the glossy weekly as a political correspondent, interviewer and columnist for three decades.

 

“I discovered in the middle of my summer holidays in an extremely brutal way that I have been sacked from Paris Match after 30 years,” Trierweiler said on Twitter.

“This sacking was for no reason and has left me shocked and astonished,” she added.

Trierweiler was famously admitted to hospital after Hollande's affair was revealed by paparazzi images of his nightly visits by scooter to Gayet's apartment.

The politician had tried to portray himself as a safe pair of hands “Mr Normal” in contrast to his mercurial predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.

As well as spending most of her career at Paris Match, Trierweiler also interviews politicians for the French television channel Direct 8.

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