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Topless activists on trial over Notre Dame protest Published: July 9, 2014

French prosecutors want activists who bared their breasts in Notre Dame Cathedral to pay thousands of euros in fines for damages, according to The Associated Press.

Nine activists from feminist group Femen pounded a huge church bell in the landmark Paris cathedral in February 2013 to express anger at the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage, and to "celebrate" the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

The activists, wearing T-shirts and garlands of flowers, went on trial in Paris on Wednesday. The prosecutor requested fines of $2,040 against each activist for charges of damaging property, the AP reports.

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