Donald Trump’s motorcade targeted by topless protesters in Paris, anti-war group Femen claims credit
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Donald Trump’s motorcade targeted by topless protesters in Paris, anti-war group Femen claims credit

The female protestor came within a few metres of US president Donald Trump’s motorcade before she was apprehended by police, in an incident that is likely to raise questions about security at the event attended by some 70 world leaders.

world Updated: Nov 11, 2018 18:59 IST
Justin Sink
Justin Sink
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Police officers detain a protester who tried to jump into the motorcade of US president Donald Trump on his way to the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War One at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, November 11, 2018. (Reuters Photo)

A topless protester ran into US president Donald Trump’s motorcade as it drove down the Champs-Elysees to an Armistice Day event with world leaders.

The woman, who was quickly detained by police, came within a short distance of the president’s limousine, which was driving slowly toward the Arc de Triumph. Femen, an anti-war group with origins in Ukraine known for topless protests at high-profile events, claimed credit for the incident.

A second topless protester was detained as she attempted to clear barricades that had been erected for the event. The women appeared to have the phrase “Fake Peacemakers” daubed on their torsos. Femen claimed three protestors breached the barrier.

A topless protester ran into US president Donald Trump’s motorcade as it drove down the Champs-Elysees to an Armistice Day event with world leaders. ( Reuters Photo )

Inna Shevchenko, leader of the Femen group, tweeted a video of the incident and said the presence of Trump and other world leaders, including Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had transformed the Armistice Day event “into a sad spectacle which is entertaining only for the criminals participating in it.”

“They’ve come to celebrate peace but they’re promoting war,” she wrote, later adding: “Welcome war criminals.”

The US Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the security breach, which occurred just outside the Louis Vuitton flagship store.

French police officers run after a topless protestor who ran toward the motorcade of President Donald Trump who was headed on the Champs Elysees to an Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration at the Arc de Triomphe, Sunday. ( AP Photo )

The incident occurred shortly after other world leaders and dignitaries, led by French President Emmanuel Macron, walked down the Champs-Elysees avenue toward the event marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War. Some leaders, including Trump and Putin, did not participate in the march, citing security concerns.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

First Published: Nov 11, 2018 18:29 IST