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1 May

Environmental Activists Goal Fondation Louis Vuitton on French Labor Day

PARIS — The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris was targeted by environmental activists on Monday, in keeping with an AFP report.

A video circulating on Twitter and attributed to independent journalist Clément Lanot shows a bunch of individuals using fire extinguishers and throwing paint bombs on the façade of the museum, which was closed for France’s May 1 Labor Day public holiday.

In response to the news agency, the motion began around 9.30 a.m. and lasted some 10 minutes. By late afternoon, employees were erasing signs of the protest on the pavement and facade of the constructing.  

The Paris branch of Extinction Rise up later posted a series of videos and pictures on Instagram, confirming the motion “on this symbolic day of wage and union claims” at the inspiration, which it described as “a cultural and philanthropic and most of all fiscal tool” of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group.

“That’s why we demand that corporations take their responsibilities and act within the fight against global warming, and that the federal government put in place the Citizen Convention for Climate, which proposed amongst other things the impact of greenhouse gas emissions of corporations, reinforcing their obligations within the face of environmental demands and condition their financing to green criteria,” the organization said within the post, stating that current emission levels of corporations listed on the CAC40 index would result in a 3.5 degree Celsius increase in temperatures by 2100.

Members of the group also read out an announcement lampooning LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault and the French government in front of a banner emblazoned with “Merci patron” (or “thanks boss,” in French). Slogans of “tax the wealthy” may be seen spraypainted on partitions and the pavement of the museum.

The luxurious group didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

The protest comes as France is gripped by unrest following a pension reform that will see the retirement age regularly increase to 64 years old. On Friday, the Fitch rating agency downgraded France to “AA-“ over the social and political climate, citing the political deadlock and social unrest as risks to French President Emmanuel Macron’s reform program.

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