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Topless protesters held in bid to ‘welcome’ Trump to Paris

French police on Sunday arrested three topless rights protesters who approached the motorcade of US President Donald Trump on the Champs-Elysees in Paris heading to a ceremony marking 100 years since the end of World War I.

Topless protesters held in bid to 'welcome' Trump to Paris
A Femen is dragged out of the way by French police. Photo: Sam Loeb/AFP
One of the protesters, who had slogans including “fake peacemakers” and “hypocrisy parade” written on their chests, got within metres of the rear of the motorcade after jumping over a barricade.
   
She was grabbed by a police officer, while a second woman could be seen being hauled away by security services on the edge of the famous thoroughfare.    A third woman, who was positioned a little higher up the avenue, also managed to breach the security cordon and run towards Trump's convoy with her arms raised.
   
She too was quickly overpowered by the police and all three were arrested. 
 
The incident revealed chinks in the tight security put in place for the event, with some 10,000 security force members deployed around a city which has been hit by a series of jihadist attacks since 2015.
   
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Trump's security had “in no way been threatened”.
   
Inna Shevchenko, one of the leaders of radical feminist group Femen, confirmed the group was behind the protest.
 
Constance Lefèvre, another activist who was among the crowd but did not participate in the protest, told AFP that Femen was protesting the presence in Paris of leaders “who are responsible for most of the world's conflicts”.
   
She cited Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan, among others.
   
Trump's motorcade briefly paused due to the breach of security before continuing on to the Arc de Triomphe where around 70 world leaders had gathered to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
   
Three Femen protesters had already demonstrated at the Arc De Triomphe on Saturday morning to denounce the presence of “war criminals” among the guests at the ceremony.
   
The three were also arrested.
 
Femen activists also protested earlier on Saturday outside L'Arc de Triomphe. Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP
 

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Femen earn victory in right to protest topless

Femen's topless protest against Dominique Strauss-Kahn was not

Femen earn victory in right to protest topless
A member of Femen clambers on top of DSK's car as it arrives in court. Photo: AFP

Three Femen activists were acquitted of exhibitionism on Wednesday for a topless protest staged as former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived at his trial for “aggravated pimping” in February 2015.

“It's the first acquittal in a trial against Femen on the charge of sexual exhibition,” their lawyer Valentine Reberioux told AFP.

“A political demonstration should not be confused with sexual aggression,” she said. “These are political acts using the nude torso as a mode of expression and it ends there.”

With slogans such as “pimps, clients, guilty” scrawled on their chests and hurling insults at the car, the three protesters were quickly rounded up by police as Strauss-Kahn's car entered an underground parking area near the court in Lille, northern France.

Strauss-Kahn, a former head of the International Monetary Fund, was accused of being at the centre of a large prostitution ring but was acquitted in June.

Prosecutors, who have 10 days to appeal Wednesday's verdict, had demanded a three-month suspended prison sentence and a €1,000 ($1,115) fine for the Femen activists.

The acquittal was the first for Femen in France after two convictions, which are under appeal.

One Femen activist was convicted and fined €1,500 for a topless protest against visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin in June 2014 at Paris's Grevin wax museum.

Another was given a one-month suspended prison sentence for a December 2013 topless protest outside the Madeleine church in Paris against harsh new restrictions on abortion in Spain.

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