The topless activist was removed from the press event by security. Screengrab

Topless protester disrupts Marine Le Pen speech

Three security guards carried the woman out of the Paris venue.

A TOPLESS PROTESTER burst into a hall where French far-right leader Marine Le Pen had just begun delivering a foreign policy speech this evening shouting “Marine, Pretend Feminist”.

Three security guards carried the woman from the Femen group, who had the same slogan daubed on her chest and back, out of the Paris venue.

Le Pen, the only woman standing in France’s presidential election, has styled herself as a feminist.

Femen said on Facebook that “nothing in Marine Le Pen’s programme promotes the emancipation of women. No proposal is made to further the equality of the sexes”.

Le Pen’s refusal to wear a headscarf to meet Lebanon’s top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday during a visit to Lebanon was no more than a “media stunt”, Femen said.

The 48-year-old head of the anti-EU, anti-immigrant National Front (FN) party, is tipped to win the first round of the two-stage presidential polls on 23 April, scoring 25-27.5% in the latest voter surveys.

While she is currently forecast to lose in the second round on 7 May, she appears to be closing the gap.

Femen activists also disrupted a speech by Le Pen in May 2015.

© AFP 2017.

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