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French Activists Face Charges for Stealing Portraits of Macron

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Protestors hold inverted portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron as they march in Bayonne, south-western France on Aug. 25. GEORGES GOBET / AFP / Getty Images

French climate activists have been stealing portraits of President Emmanuel Macron from town halls this year, protesting what they say is Macron's climate-friendly international image that hides his lack of action.


More than 130 portraits have been taken from town halls across the country, and the diverse group has faced varied reactions from French authorities, with some given fines while others acquitted. "We just want Macron, who holds himself up as a climate defender, to respect France's commitments under the COP21," Helene Lacroix-Baudrion, who faces charges for taking a portrait in the town of town of Bourg-en-Bresse, told the AP at her trial last week, where a UN expert testified on her behalf.

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