French police on Sunday stopped two topless protesters who approached the motorcade of US President Donald Trump as he made his way to a ceremony in Paris marking 100 years since the end of World War I.
One of the protesters, with slogans written on her body, jumped a barricade, got within meters of the rear of the motorcade and began shouting, “Fake peacemaker” as the cars passed.
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 Champs-Elysees avenue.
Inna Shevchenko, one of the leaders of radical feminist group Femen, appeared to claim responsibility for the protest on Twitter.
“FEMEN activists ‘welcomed’ the cortege of @realDonaldTrump twice on his way to Arc de Triumph,” she wrote.
— TF1LeJT (@TF1LeJT) November 11, 2018
The motorcade briefly paused due to the security breach before continuing toward the Arc de Triomphe, where commemorations for the Armistice were being held with around 70 world leaders.
— Josly Ngoma (@joslyngoma) November 11, 2018
Three Femen protesters had demonstrated at the Arc De Triomphe on Saturday morning to denounce “war criminals” among the guests at the commemorations in Paris, which include leaders from Europe and Africa.
“Welcome war criminals” was written on one of the placards that they held up, while “Fake peacemakers” and “Real dictators” had been daubed on their bodies.
Sous l'Arc de Triomphe, Femen dénoncent la venue de “criminels de guerre “ #Trump #Putin #Erdogan #Netanyahu #MohammanBinSalmane .. qu’ Ils sont venus fêter la paix à Paris alors qu'ils prônent la guerre #11Novembre pic.twitter.com/Tl50nNwLND
— inna shevchenko (@femeninna) November 10, 2018
“Most of them are dictators who don’t respect human rights,” said 24-year-old protester Tara Lacroix, who was detained by police along with the two others.