Swiss artist and model Milo Moiré was posing naked with passers-by in front of the monument as part of her latest art project, which she has also performed in Basel in Switzerland and the German citiy of Düsseldof.
But while many tourists jumped at the chance to get their photo taken with the artist, police were not so amused. They ordered the artist to put her clothes back on before arresting her at around 5pm on Sunday, 20 Minutes reported.
“They took her finger prints, photographed her and put her in a cell,” her manager and partner Peter Palm said in a statement.
Police gave her a warning but she was not charged.
Nudity in public places is an offence in France and can be punishable by a year in jail and a €15,000 fine. However there are special areas where nudists are allowed.
The artist was arrested. Photo: Peter Palm
Moiré is no stranger to controversy. In 2014 she performed “Moiré’s PlopEgg No.1” in Cologne, where she expelled eggs filled with ink and acrylic paint from her vagina on to a canvas to create a work of art.
And in 2013 she raised a few commuters' eyebrows when she took the Metro in Düsseldorf completely naked.
Moiré also plans to perform in London, Berlin and Madrid.
She isn’t the only artist who has been apprehended for a risqué art performance in front of the iron monument.
In September 2013, South African artist Steven Cohen appeared in front of the monument dressed in a corset and tights with his penis tied to a rooster with a ribbon, before proceeding to walk the chicken up and down before crowds of tourists.
Cohen was arrested by police and later found guilty of exhibitionism.