Maybe people in France protest differently from those in the U.S. While Donald Trump was in Paris, he created all sorts of controversy. First, he missed an opening event. Then, it was his fear of getting too wet at the World War I memorial, so he did not go along with all of the other world leaders. Yet, oh man, did this French woman express her disdain for the commander-in-chief in the most unique way.
The topless woman leaped in front of Trump’s motorcade as he made his way to the 100th anniversary to the end of WWI. The Armistice ceremony was held at the magnificent Arc de Triomphe
The woman landed within a few yards of the motorcade. The act may call into question the French security during the world leader event. Approximately, 70 of them attended .
The French police quickly detained the woman. A photo caught her with upraised arms and one officer holding her arm while another officer took her wrist.
It took three police officers to move her from the street to the side of the road. Another photo showed her lying on the ground with the officers standing around her.
It seems, the woman belonged to a radical feminist activist group out of Paris, FEMEN. According to the British publication The Evening Standard, the group:
‘Frequently carries out shock protests against sexism, racism, homophobia and other social and political issues.’
French President Emmanuel Macron joined the world leader beneath a great tent located at the foot of the historical structure. The ceremony took place where the French’s unknown soldier of the Great War’s grave is located.
Trump was disappointed that Macron did not throw a parade, but the ceremony included the French president inspecting his troops, a song by the French military choir, a performance by world renowned Yo-Yo Ma on the cello. French high school students also read excerpts of letters written by soldiers as they wrote about the ending of World War 1.
Trump did not ride to the event with all of the leaders, except Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two men walked in late, and the U.S. president sat next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Macron held Trump responsible for calling himself a “nationalist” at a campaign rally. The Washington Times reported the French president said:
‘Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. In saying “Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,” you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values.’
With Germany’s Merkel not running again, many believe that Macron will take her place in the world leadership.
The YouTube of the topless FEMEN protester is below. Contains nudity:
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.