Dad spends 4th day on crane to see son

2013-02-18 16:14
French father Serge Charnay, who wants visiting rights with his young son and is spending a fourth day atop a crane in protest, flashes the V sign atop a crane. The inscription on crane reads: “Save our children from Justice.”( David Vincent, AP)

French father Serge Charnay, who wants visiting rights with his young son and is spending a fourth day atop a crane in protest, flashes the V sign atop a crane. The inscription on crane reads: “Save our children from Justice.”( David Vincent, AP)

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Paris - A divorced French father cut off from access to his son spent a fourth day perched in protest on top of a crane in the city of Nantes on Monday.

Serge Charnay, 42, has become a standard-bearer for separated fathers seeking to spend more time with their children.

The unemployed computer technician lost his visitation rights in 2011, after taking his son away for two months without the mother's approval.

On Friday morning he climbed a crane in an abandoned shipyard to draw attention to his case.

"Benoit, two years without daddy," read a banner draped across the crane. Since he began his protest the police have given him water.

But by Monday morning he had not yet received food.

Dozens of separated fathers rallied at the foot of the crane on Sunday to show support for Charnay.

Many accuse the French justice system of disregarding father's rights.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has asked his justice and family ministers to meet this week with fathers' rights organisations.

Charnay has said he will come down from the crane after that meeting.

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