Couple rapped for naughty pictures at Canada WWI memorial
ARRAS, France, January 29, 2008 - A French couple who posed for nudephotographs in the trenches of a Canadian World War I memorial were fined 150euros (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 thereconstituted trenches at Vimy in northern France, which pays tribute to the60,000 Canadians who died in the Great War, later posting them on the Internet. Found guilty of exhibitionism, the couple were ordered to pay a symbolicone-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," saidArlene King, head of external relations at the memorial. "This trial was a way to show people that we take unacceptable behaviourvery seriously," she added. The memorial, two huge pylons that can be seen for miles around, wascreated in memory of the April 1917 battle of Vimy Ridge, a costly victory forCanada which helped shape the former British colony's national identity andnow draws around half a million visitors each year.