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In Pictures: France’s night-time campaign for justice

Updated : 2019-11-25 06:39:32

In Paris and in cities across France, the signs are everywhere. "Complaints ignored, women killed" and "She leaves him, he kills her," they read, in black block letters pasted onto stately municipal buildings. Under cover of night, activists have glued posters to the walls to draw attention to domestic violence, a problem French President Emmanuel Macron has called "France's shame." Their targets include Paris’ central courthouse and other buildings across the French capital.

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The word "violence" is pasted onto a wall by a group of women in a dark street in Paris. In Paris and cities across France, the signs are everywhere. "Complaints ignored, women killed" and "She leaves him, he kills her," they read in black block letters pasted over stately municipal buildings. Under cover of night, activists have glued them to the walls to draw attention to domestic violence, a problem French President Emmanuel Macron has called "France's shame." (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Pauline, Clivia, France and Lea paste a slogan on a fountain reading
Pauline, Clivia, France and Lea paste a slogan on a fountain reading " Femicides : guilty state, accomplice justice" in central Paris. About 300 women across France pasted slogans at the same time overnight on courthouses in 27 different French cities to denounce the alleged inaction of the French government and demanding justice about femicides. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Julie, 30, a PHD in History of Art from Nantes poses for a portrait in Paris. Tired by the inaction of the French government, pasting slogans is for Julie an easy way to be an activist and gives her some empowerment. Activists have pasted signs all over Paris to pressure authorities to do more to help victims of domestic violence, whom they say law enforcement too often fail to protect. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Julie, 30, a PHD in History of Art from Nantes poses for a portrait in Paris. Tired by the inaction of the French government, pasting slogans is for Julie an easy way to be an activist and gives her some empowerment. Activists have pasted signs all over Paris to pressure authorities to do more to help victims of domestic violence, whom they say law enforcement too often fail to protect. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Maya, 19, a student in psychology from Versailles poses for a portrait in Paris. After living with domestic violence with her past boyfriend, Maya needed to find a way to give meaning to her life. By pasting some slogans in the street, she found the strength not to be afraid anymore. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Maya, 19, a student in psychology from Versailles poses for a portrait in Paris. After living with domestic violence with her past boyfriend, Maya needed to find a way to give meaning to her life. By pasting some slogans in the street, she found the strength not to be afraid anymore. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Maya, 19, a student from Versailles pastes a slogan with the name of French President Emmanuel Macron in the evening in the south of Paris. France, a country that has prided itself on gender equality, is beginning to pay serious attention to its yet-intractable problem of domestic violence. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Maya, 19, a student from Versailles pastes a slogan with the name of French President Emmanuel Macron in the evening in the south of Paris. France, a country that has prided itself on gender equality, is beginning to pay serious attention to its yet-intractable problem of domestic violence. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
A woman paints some slogans against domestic violence in the stairwell of a building in Paris. Domestic violence rates in France are higher than those in many other European countries, and activists say authorities often fail to protect women. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
A woman paints some slogans against domestic violence in the stairwell of a building in Paris. Domestic violence rates in France are higher than those in many other European countries, and activists say authorities often fail to protect women. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
A woman paints some signs before pasting them on buildings in the streets of Paris.  (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
A woman paints some signs before pasting them on buildings in the streets of Paris.  (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Activists walk past a slogan they recently pasted on walls of the Palais de Justice courthouse reading
Activists walk past a slogan they recently pasted on walls of the Palais de Justice courthouse reading " Femicides : guilty state, accomplice justice" in Paris. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Sarah stands next to slogan reading
Sarah stands next to slogan reading "Their hate, our dead" in Paris. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
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