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Topless Femen protestors climb Moulin Rouge in Paris

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Femen activists on Moulin Rouge roof, Paris, 6 Oct. AFP Photo/Thomas Samson

Two Femen activisits staged a topless protest on the roof of the world-famous Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris on Monday.


The Moulin Rouge is the home of the can-can, the high-legged, petticoat-displaying dance which became famous in the Paris of the late 1800s. It’s in the Pigalle district of northern Paris and is celebrating its 125th birthday this year.

The women climbed on to the roof of the Parisian landmark and over the word "Rouge" of the famous neon sign unfurled a banner which bore the slogan "Red is the colour of the revolution".

Despite pouring rain, the two women then removed their tops to reveal the words "not for sale" daubed on their chests, as tourists in the district, where there are numerous peep shows and sex shops, looked on.

The women were eventually removed from the roof by two security guards.

Femen said in a statement that it wanted to "tell the world that red-light districts must no longer be the scene of odious entertainment in which women continue to be placed in submission and exploited".

The Moulin Rouge attracts 600,000 customers a year and generates an annual turnover of 65 million euros with its cabaret act featuring scantily-clad dancers.