Activists cleared for topless protest against Strauss-Kahn

2016-03-23 22:56
(Francois Lo Presti, AFP)

(Francois Lo Presti, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lille - Three Femen activists were acquitted of exhibitionism on Wednesday for a topless protest staged as former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived at his trial for "aggravated pimping" in February 2015.

"It's the first acquittal in a trial against Femen on the charge of sexual exhibition," their lawyer Valentine Reberioux told AFP.

"A political demonstration should not be confused with sexual aggression," she said. "These are political acts using the nude torso as a mode of expression and it ends there."

With slogans such as "pimps, clients, guilty" scrawled on their chests and hurling insults at the car, the three protesters were quickly rounded up by police as Strauss-Kahn's car entered an underground parking area near the court in Lille, northern France.

Strauss-Kahn, a former head of the International Monetary Fund, was accused of being at the centre of a large prostitution ring but was acquitted in June.

Prosecutors, who have 10 days to appeal Wednesday's verdict, had demanded a three-month suspended prison sentence and a €1 000 fine for the Femen activists.

The acquittal was the first for Femen in France after two convictions, which are under appeal.

One Femen activist was convicted and fined €1 500 for a topless protest against visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin in June 2014 at Paris's Grevin wax museum.

Another was given a one-month suspended prison sentence for a December 2013 topless protest outside the Madeleine church in Paris against harsh new restrictions on abortion in Spain.

Read more on:    imf  |  france

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.