IN IMAGES: When art and sex collide in France

Nowhere seems to blend sex and art quite like France does. And when the two worlds meet it often provokes a fair amount of controversy as well as hilarity. We've put together ten of the best examples in this gallery of images.

IN IMAGES: When art and sex collide in France
Here's what it looks like when art and sex collide in France. Photo: AFP/German4/Quentin Evrard

The headlines in France at the weekend were dominated not by the economy or the threat of terrorism but by the story that vandals had pulled down an art installation in Place Vendôme, because it looked like a giant sex toy – a "butt plug" to be precise.

The hullabaloo around the sex toy/Christmas tree controversy felt like a classic #OnlyinFrance moment where art and sex regularly combine to contentious effect.

So we took a look through the archives to discover some other memorable moments when the two world's have come together, to often very mixed results.

From hundreds of naked people standing in a vineyard to a man tying a coq to his genitals with a ribbon, there's a bit of everything.

IN PICTURES: When art and sex collide in France

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