Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Colombia peace deal will be ‘lasting’, FARC rebel leader tells FRANCE 24

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Ghanaian President Mahama concedes defeat to opposition leader Afuko-Addo

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's TV Career Continues

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

President Park Impeached, Ghana's High Stakes Election (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Aleppo Offensive, Renzi Resigns, Trump's Cards (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

South Korea: An inside look at the K-pop wave

Read more

#THE 51%

Diving back in: Offering support for French mothers returning to work

Read more

REPORTERS

Chaotic post-hurricane relief efforts in Haiti

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Cash crunch casualties: India's wedding industry suffers from currency changes

Read more

France

Topless Femen crash far-right rally in Paris

© From @Femen_France Twitter account

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-05-12

A group of women belonging to the topless, Ukrainian-born Femen movement on Sunday interrupted a Joan of Arc commemoration which had been organised by far-right groups in central Paris.

The breast-flashing and fist-pumping Femen group struck again in Paris on Sunday, interrupting a rally organised by far-right groups to commemorate Saint Joan of Arc in central Paris.

The four feminists appeared topless – a trademark of the Ukraine-based feminist movement – on a rooftop overlooking the equestrian statue of Joan of Arc in Place des Pyramides, where ultra-conservative Catholics, French royalists, skinhead youths, and other groups had gathered around noon.

VIDEO: FEMEN CRASH FAR-RIGHT RALLY IN PARIS

The women unravelled a two-story high red and black banner reading “Sextermination for Nazism”, while being admonished with cries of “Femen die” and “Femen whores” from the crowds below.

Joan of Arc, considered a French medieval hero, has become an iconic symbol for far-right groups, including the National Front political party. Sunday was the Catholic saint's feast day.

Femen activists violently clashed with members of far-right groups last November, when, disguised as nuns they infiltrated an anti-gay marriage rally and proceeded to strip down to their underpants in counter-protest.

More recently the group caused outrage by celebrating Pope Benedict's resignation at Notre Dame Cathedral.

The standoff in Paris on Sunday, which lasted around one-half hour, did not end with a physical confrontation. Firemen eventually escorted the women off the building.

(FRANCE24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-05-12

  • FRANCE

    'Femen' activists go topless to hail pope's resignation

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Anti-gay marriage protesters clash with feminists in Paris

    Read more

COMMENT(S)