Two topless women tried to interrupt Donald Trump’s arrival at an Armistice Day service held in Paris today. The women had covered their bodies in political slogans before they jumped the barriers and ran out into the road just as the US President’s motorcade passed. One of them was able to get within metres of the vehicles, heading towards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, by the Arc de Triomphe, before being pulled away by police.
The women appeared to have ‘fake peacemaker’ written across their naked chests and other illegible writing on their arms and back. Inna Shevchenko, one of the leaders of radical feminist group Femen, has since claimed responsibility for the protesters on Twitter.
She wrote alongside a video of the women online: ‘We welcome @realDonaldTrump, the fake peacemaker! #femen #11Novembre #Paris.’ The procession of cars was forced to briefly pause due to the breach in security but soon continued en route to the memorial service. Yesterday morning three Femen protesters demonstrated at the Arc De Triomphe to denounce the ‘war criminals’ that would be in attendance at the Armistice Day event today.
Around 70 world leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, attended the memorial service in the rain this morning. On Saturday, the protesters held up placards with the words ‘Welcome war criminals’ on them and scribbled ‘fake peacemakers’ and ‘real dictators’ on their bodies.
Tara Lacroix, 24, who was detained by police along with the two others, said: ‘Most of them are dictators who don’t respect human rights’. Mr Trump was also accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump as he attended the service to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Many of the leaders had met at the Élysée Palace before travelling to the Arc de Triomphe together, while the US President arrived separately in his own vehicle.