00:48 GMT +320 September 2019
Listen Live
    Femen activists, ones wearing the mask of Marine Le Pen, left, and U.S President Donald Trump, center, are detained as they demonstrate in Henin Beaumont, northern France, where far-right leader and presidential candidate Le Pen will vote, during the first round of the French presidential election

    Topless Femen Activists Detained Near Polling Station Where Le Pen Voted

    © AP Photo / Michel Spingler
    Europe
    Get short URL
    French Citizens Elect New President (48)
    6916
    Subscribe

    Infamous topless activists of the Femen movement were detained in France near a polling station where far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen voted, France Info reported.

    In its Twitter account, the FEMEN movement posted photos from the event. The photos feature topless activists in rubber masks, depicting the leaders of several states, including the presidents of the United States, Russia and Syria. Also the ladies "dressed up" as the father Marine, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and in the former head of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage.

    "On a white limousine, in a spirit of unity, they came to support their best ally in France," Femen wrote. The caption for each photo contains caustic quotes supposedly on behalf of politicians who, in the opinion of the controversial movement, could illustrate their support for Le Pen.

    On the chest of one of the activists "Marine's Team" slogan can be seen.

    Earlier in the day, Le Pen cast her ballot in the first round of the presidential election in Henin-Beaumont commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.

    This was not the first time the Femen attempted to disrupt events related to Le Pen. Femen's activists interrupted an address by Marine Le Pen in May 2015 accusing her of unti-nationalism.

    Le Pen is the candidate from the far-right National Front party and according to the recent polls she has a chance to enter the second round of elections, with 22 percent of popular support.

    On Sunday, over 66,000 polling stations opened in France at 8 a.m. local time (6:00 GMT). About 47 million voters are expected to cast ballots, choosing among 11 presidential candidates. The first results are expected at around 8 p.m. local time later in the day, when the polls close. The second round of the French presidential election will be held on May 7.

    Topic:
    French Citizens Elect New President (48)
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik