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Topless feminists fight French anti-nudity rules

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Topless feminists fight French anti-nudity rules
A policeman blocks activists from the women's rights organization Femen as they protested topless outside the court house of Paris. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP
10:48 CET+01:00
Topless protesters from the radical feminist group Femen turned up outside the Paris courthouse on Sunday afternoon, calling for an end to the court proceedings against two members of their group charged with indecent exposure.

Shouting “feminists, not exhibitionists” and waving signs saying “naked and free”, around 30 Femen members gathered to protest the charges brought against activists Yana Jdanova and Eloïse Bouton.

Ukrainian Femen activist Jdanova was fined over €6,000 on October 15th for stabbing a wax statue of Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Grévin museum in Paris on June 5th.

She received a €1,500 fine for sexual exhibition, €3,004 for material damage, €1,000 for moral prejudice and €500 in legal fees. She is the first Femen activist to be fined in France. 

She is now appealing her conviction.

The second woman faces charges of indecent exposure after launching a topless protest in the Madeleine Church in Paris on December 20th 2013.

The sentence is expected on December 17th.

This is only the latest topless protest by women's group. In September Femen protesters brandishing plastic Kalashnikov rifles marched in Paris urging 'infidels' to rise up against the Islamic militants who've seized large parts of Syria and Iraq.
 

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