Bare-breasted 'Mariannes' confront police at Paris protest

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Bare-breasted 'Mariannes' confront police at Paris protest
Artist Deborah de Rebortis and the four others stayed in place for about half an hour. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Five bare-breasted protesters dressed as Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic confronted a phalanx of CRS riot police in Paris on Saturday, bringing an unexpected turn to a fifth weekend of “yellow-vest” protests.


The five women, who were wearing red hooded tops bearing the revolutionary symbol of Hercules, approached the line of police slowly in a V-formation and then stood silently in front of them, their faces absolutely still, for half an hour.
The women are not members of the activist group Femen, known for its bare-breasted protests, but were instead organised by the Luxembourg performance artist Deborah de Rebortis (seen centre below). 
They began by first walking towards the line of riot police.
Photo: Zakaria Abdelkafi / AFP
They then stood just a metre from the riot shields, as journalists massed around them. 
Photo: Valerie Hache 
Photo: Valerie Hache
This is not De Rebortis' first piece of naked performance art.
She mounted her first stunt in 2014, when she exposed her genitals at the Musée d'Orsay in front of Gustave Courbet's painting L'Origine du Monde, which depicts the genitals and abdomen of a naked woman. 
In September, she shocked devout Catholics by disrobing in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, and then posing in a prayer position wearing nothing but a veil over her head. 
Photo: Deborah de Rebortis/Facebook
Here's a video of the performance at Lourdes. 


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