Naked comedian shocks French culture minister

French comedian Sébastien Thiéry stole the show at France's most prestigious theatre award ceremony on Monday night when he came onto the stage naked to give the embarrassed Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin a dressing down of her own.

Naked comedian shocks French culture minister
Comedian Sébastian Thiéry takes the culture minister to task. Photo: France 2
Monday night saw the 27th edition of the annual "Nuit des Molières" – an evening recognizing excellence in French theatre, and it was attended by Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin. 
However, the real head turner was Sébastien Thiéry, who entered the stage completely naked to address the minister. The camera didn't shy away from showing Thiéry in his birthday suit, with the full frontal nudity leaving the shocked minister hiding her face behind her hands. 
But the scene, which France Info referred to as the most striking of the entire night, took an irony-laced turn for the serious as the actor took the chance to air his concerns about the lack of unemployment benefit (chomage) for playwrights in his industry – especially considering the fact that everyone else including the costume designers can benefit from it. 
"Do you know madame minister that playwrights are the only ones in the profession not to have the right to receive unemployment benefit? Do you think that's fair?
"You can do theatre without a costume team or a costume, right?," the naked Thiéry joked. "But not without a playwright. It's discrimination."
Thiéry then asked: "Why this discrimination? Is it because we are physically ugly?"
He then stepped out from behind the lectern to show the minister his naked body, crown jewels and all. The audience howls with laughter and several wolf whistles can be heard. Pellerin herself tries hard not to look. (SEE LINK BELOW)
"Everyone in France thinks that playwrights earn a lot of money, and it's true for some of us in the private theatre," Thiéry continued. 
"But by the end of the year when you've paid for private school tuition and a nanny for the kids, a holiday in Mauritius, and the cost of taking care of a mistress or two, then you're left totally bare…" he joked.
Thiéry, 45, was recently in a televised play that he penned called Deux hommes tout nus ("Two completely naked men"). It won no awards at Monday's ceremony.

Click here to see the full clip of Thiéry and the minister, though viewer discretion is advised.
Getting naked to make a point in France may have left Pellerin lost for words but she is not the only French culture minister to have been accosted by naked artists in the past.
In June last year, Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti was confronted by a human pyramid of partially clothed performers and a wall of fully naked ones. The protesters were angry over a proposed reform for how those in the arts industry are allowed access to benefits.

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Only in France: Pupils (and their teacher) pose naked for school photo

A group of French high school pupils have caused a buzz by ditching their clothes for their end of year school photo. And their teacher joined in too.

Only in France: Pupils (and their teacher) pose naked for school photo
Photo: Facebook STD2A

The words “Only in France” come to mind when hearing about the actions of a class of high school children in southern France.

To mark the end of the year, pupils in the science and technology class STD2A (No joke!) the high school Lycée Frederic Mistral in the town of Avignon, wanted to something original.

So they decided to get naked, which as you are probably thinking, doesn’t seem to be that original in France at all. Just take a look at the way they protest in France.

Granted, the pupils, aged 17 and 18, are not quite bearing all. They have carefully placed black card over their nether regions or drawings of the parts they are hiding.

And if they wanted to create a buzz, which was presumably their aim, then it worked a treat as their end of year photo has been shared thousands of times and made several news sites in France.

It was titled 50 shades of SDT2A.

Some commenters underneath the photo said they thought the stunt was a little bit bizarre.
“Teacher and students in underwear… I don’t know why but I find it really very strange,” said one.
Many expressed shock given the age of the pupils, while others heralded the photo for freedom of expression.