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Topless women fete pope's resignation in Paris cathedral

Published on Feb 13, 2013 7:06 AM
Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen protest in front of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris on Feb 12, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Eight feminists flashed their breasts in the heart of Paris's Notre Dame cathedral on Tuesday to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation announcement.

The members of the Femen movement entered the Gothic cathedral dressed in long coats which they whipped off inside while ringing three bells near the altar.

"Pope no more!" they cried. "No more homophobe" and "Bye bye Benedict!" Scandalised visitors voiced their disapproval.

"This is a sacred place, you can't strip here," said a Frenchwoman.

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