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The French prime minister is being mailed girls’ underwear, as lingerie shops protest lockdown guidelines

Written by Rob Picheta, Antonella FranciniSaskya Vandoorne, CNN

French Prime Minister Jean Castex is being despatched girls’ underwear within the mail, as a part of a protest by lingerie retailer homeowners whose shops have been pressured to shut below the nation’s lockdown.

The imaginative activists have been sharing photos on-line of the assorted undergarments they’ve despatched Castex, tucked inside an envelope with a letter explaining their grievances.

The protest, organized by the group Action Culottée, happened after lingerie shops have been classed as non-essential companies, and have been due to this fact pressured to shut to scale back transmission of Covid-19.

“We managed to get the number of participants up to 200 retailers,” Nathalie Paredes, proprietor of the Sylvette Lingerie retailer in Lyon and the creator of the undertaking, advised CNN. “(That) means 200 panties” have been despatched to the prime minister, she mentioned.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex leaves the Élysée Palace on April 21, 2021.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex leaves the Élysée Palace on April 21, 2021. Credit: Andrea Savorani Neri/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Paredes’ group has shared dozens of photos on-line of the distinctive packages Castex has been mailed.

“We wish to bring to light the very critical situation that hundreds of underwear shops across France are experiencing,” the group mentioned in a press launch.

“Florists, booksellers, hairdressers and record shops have been classified as ‘essential’ businesses. But what about underwear?” the group mentioned. “Isn’t it a question of hygiene and protection? Isn’t it the first thing we put on in the morning to get dressed?”

“Why is our department non-essential and hairdressing essential?” Paredes added.

The letter included in every bundle urged Castex to rethink the lockdown guidelines. “The truth is that we are ALL essential, prime minister. Small and local businesses are precious. They contribute to the local economy and give life to our communities,” it says.

CNN has reached out to Castex’s workplace for remark.

France went again right into a nationwide lockdown on April 3, shutting shops deemed non-essential, in addition to bars, gyms, museums and theaters. But e book and music shops have been allowed to stay open.

The measures have been introduced after Covid-19 circumstances started accelerating throughout the nation. France final week handed 100,000 confirmed deaths because the begin of the pandemic.

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