Couple rapped for naughty pictures at Canada WWI memorial
French couple who posed for nude photographs in the trenches of a Canadian World War I memorial were fined 150 euros and handed a suspended one-month jail sentence
ARRAS, France, January 29, 2008 - A French couple who posed for nude
photographs in the trenches of a Canadian World War I memorial were fined 150
euros (220 dollars) and handed a suspended one-month jail sentence on Monday.
Both in their forties, the man had taken racy pictures of his wife in the
reconstituted trenches at Vimy in northern France, which pays tribute to the
60,000 Canadians who died in the Great War, later posting them on the Internet.
Found guilty of exhibitionism, the couple were ordered to pay a symbolic
one-euro fine to the Canadian state, which was a civil plaintiff in the case.
"Our duty is to protect the integrity and the solemnity of the site," said
Arlene King, head of external relations at the memorial.
"This trial was a way to show people that we take unacceptable behaviour
very seriously," she added.
The memorial, two huge pylons that can be seen for miles around, was
created in memory of the April 1917 battle of Vimy Ridge, a costly victory for
Canada which helped shape the former British colony's national identity and
now draws around half a million visitors each year.