Keyword: President Emmanuel Macron

Two worlds collide as climate activists who removed Macron's portrait go on trial

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The six defendants arriving for court at Bourg-en-Bresse. © CG The six defendants arriving for court at Bourg-en-Bresse. © CG

Six people went on trial on Tuesday May 28th for taking down an official photo portrait of President Emmanuel Macron from a mayor's office in a small town in south-east France. The hearing put two contrasting world views on display. The defendants said that they felt compelled to act because of the climate emergency and the need to get a concrete response from the French state to the crisis. The prosecutor, meanwhile, simply saw them as criminals who wanted to impose their own ideas on other people. Christophe Gueugneau reports.

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