Police tackle topless protesters who rush Trump motorcade in Paris
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Police tackle topless protesters who rush Trump motorcade in Paris

Radical feminist group Femen takes responsibility for protest ahead of event marking centenary of WWI’s end

French police officers run after a topless protester who rushes the motorcade of US President Donald Trump on the Champs Elysees in Paris, November 11, 2018 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
French police officers run after a topless protester who rushes the motorcade of US President Donald Trump on the Champs Elysees in Paris, November 11, 2018 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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