Couple fined over 'sex games' at war memorial
Tuesday 29 July 2008
A French couple has been fined €1,000 for making a pornographic video at Vimy Ridge, one of the most revered memorials of the First World War.
The incident is said to be part of a pattern of late night sexual activities at the memorial park, near Arras in northern France, which was granted "in perpetuity" to the people of Canada in 1922. Another couple was fined for taking nude photographs of each other in the park last January. In both cases, the images were posted on paying sites on the internet.
"The memorial has been frequented by exhibitionists and voyeurs for many years but the coming of the internet has made it easier to trace the culprits," the deputy regional public prosecutor, Elise Bozzolo, said.
In the latest incident, a married couple in their 30s made a video of themselves performing sexual acts in the grounds of the park after its closure to the public at dusk. Vimy Ridge was captured from the Germans by mostly Canadian troops in April 1917. It has become, with the Newfoundland Memorial Park on the Somme battlefield, one of the two great symbols of Canadian sacrifice in the Great War.
The husband and wife were found guilty of exhibitionism and each was fined €500 and given a four-month suspended jail sentence. They were also ordered to pay one euro in symbolic damages to the Canadian government.
The couple, from Béthune, in the Pas-de-Calais, said they enjoyed "sexual games" and had not realised the significance of the site.
Other British and Canadian First World War cemeteries and memorials in northern France have been vandalised in recent years, often by small local groups of Nazi sympathisers. Local politicians have been at pains to point out that neither the vandalism nor the sexual activity reflects the attitude of the vast majority of local people, who take very seriously their "duty of memory" to the Allied war dead.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 2 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 3 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...