Radical climate activist vandalizes famous painting in Paris

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Paris authorities arrested a radical climate protester Saturday after she vandalized a famous painting by Claude Monet at the Orsay Museum. 

The protester, who was part of the French environmental activist group, Riposte Alimentaire, targeted Monet’s 1973 painting “Les Coquelicots” by covering it with a large red sticker and gluing her hand to the wall. 

This photo provided by Riposte Alimentaire shows an environmental activist posing by “Poppy Field” by Claude Monet at the Orsay museum, Saturday, June 1, 2024 in Paris.  (Riposte Alimentaire via AP)

The red sticker depicted an apocalyptic, futuristic vision of the same scene. Riposte Alimentaire, which translates to “Food Response,” in French, said the scene is supposed to show what the field would look like in 2100, “ravaged by flames and drought,” if more action isn’t taken against climate change.

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The woman was detained pending investigation, according to Paris police. It was unclear whether the incident damaged the painting. 

Saturday marked the latest actions by protesters with Riposte Alimentaire, targeting artworks in France in calls for action to protect food supplies from further damage to the climate. 

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The museum, known in French as the Musée d’Orsay, is a top tourist destination and home to some of the world’s most-loved Impressionist works.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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