A group of topless left-wing protesters charged President Donald Trump’s motorcade in France on Sunday.
Trump was in Paris to commemorate Armistice Day with world leaders on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I when three nude women ran toward his vehicle as it made its way through Paris toward the Arc de Triomphe.
The women were detained by French police.
Topless protester charges Trump’s motorcade in France
Trump’s motorcade was heading down the Champs-Élysées toward the Arc de Triomphe when protesters from the feminist group Femen ran toward the procession. Amused onlookers standing on the side of the street with umbrellas out could be heard laughing at the strange incident as rain drizzled onto the streets of Paris.
One woman leaped over a barricade and came within meters of the motorcade before being arrested by French police, Reuters reported. She had the words “Fake peacemaker” written across her chest.
At least two other women made it past security barriers before being arrested. Radical feminist group Femen, which is based in Paris, claimed responsibility for the incident.
The disruption momentarily stopped the motorcade before it continued toward the Arc de Triomphe. The group claimed that three of its protesters attacked Trump’s motorcade twice in a blog post.
“FEMEN denounces a ceremony that should have been a commemoration of the heroism of WWI French soldiers as well as all WWI victims,” the post reads. “Trump, Putin, Erdogan, Bin Salman and Macron transformed November 11 into a funny performance that is only entertaining for those participating criminals.”
Leftist group claims reponsibility
The group is known for nude protests against right-wing politics and leaders including Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, although it is unusual for a protester to get this close to the president of the United States. Femen has also been behind protests against Islam.
“Our Mission is Protest! Our Weapon are bare breasts [sic],” the group’s site says.
Activists from Femen were also arrested in Paris on Saturday outside the Arc De Triomphe as they protested “war criminals” who came to the city. Three protesters with the phrase “Fake peacemakers, real dictators” written on their chests carried signs that read “Welcome war criminals” as world leaders from 70 countries assembled in Paris to pay respects to soldiers who perished in one of the deadliest conflicts in history.
But criticism of Trump wasn’t limited to the grassroots. French president Emmanuel Macron rebuked Trump in a speech at the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, during which he said that nationalism and patriotism were polar opposites and warned that the rise of nationalism in countries across the West could plunge the world into another conflict like World War I.
The remarks were seen as a pointed criticism of Trump, who proudly embraced the “nationalist” label recently and has shaken up the world order with controversial “America First” politics that have brought him in opposition to the European Union, the United Nations, and NATO.