Despite their suave reputation, France also has its share of weirdos. One of these weirdos attacked Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, the president of the Bird Protection League (LPO) with a shovel, sans pants (as they say in Paris).
The angry, unnamed man had set a number of finch traps, and the LPO was dismantling them. The finches are trapped for food, but that's been illegal since 1976. Of course, a guy who dresses and defends himself like a caveman probably doesn't change quickly. Here's a back view:
Obviously, pictures of this maniac are delighting everyone across cultures. Especially the Internet wags. Vive La France!
There are a couple people who are not delighted by the photo and it's viral popularity: Monsieur Sans Pants and his family. His son was interviewed and said, "Allain Bougrain-Dubourg want to have their picture taken and get on television, [that's] his business. It does not have to get involved in it." It=The Internet, probably. The translation makes it hard to say, but trust us, Monsieur Sans Pants Junior, the Internet did have to get involved.