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Topless feminists protest after woman denied entry to museum over ‘cleavage’

Topless feminists joined a protest at a museum after a woman was barred because she was showing "too much" cleavage.

Jeanne, a 22-year-old student, claimed male staff "stared" at her breasts and asked her to cover-up her low-cut dress before entering, sparking a feminist backlash against the Orsay museum in Paris, France.

In the clip, shared by FEMEN France on Twitter, semi-naked women with slogans on their breasts hold up placards and shout that their boobs "are not obscene".

Wearing face masks and standing a little apart, the women punch their fists into the air in unison as they chant.

Around 20 FEMEN activists took place in the topless demonstration on Sunday, September 13.

The protest was staged to show support for a student who was barred from entering the museum because the dress she was wearing was deemed too revealing.

In a statement on Twitter, FEMEN wrote: "The obscenity is in your eyes!

"About 20 Femen activists took a topless tour of the Orsay Museum today.

"Stop the sexualisation of women's bodies!"

Activists also shouted the "female torso is not obscene" and they support "Jeanne and all women who are the "victims of sexist discrimination".

This show of force comes after Jeanne published an open letter on social media explaining how much she felt "discriminated against" on the basis of "sexist dynamics" by the museum's security personnel who prevented her from entering.

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The refusal sparked a strong controversy and a lot of media attention.

Jeanne said: "Arriving at the entrance of the museum, I do not have time to take out my ticket, as the sight of my breasts shocks an agent in charge of controlling reservations.

"It was my cleavage which was the problem."

Describing her dress, Jeanne said: "I wore it all summer. I feel good wearing it and it’s pretty.

"I am not just my breasts, I am not just a body."

The Musée d'Orsay, on the Left Bank of the River Seine opposite the Louvre, issued a press release on Wednesday saying it "deeply regrets this incident".

It apologised to Jeanne and said a receptionist had been spoken to about his behaviour.

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