12 December 2018

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The protest balloon depicting the US commander-in-chief as a big baby is the same one which was used earlier in London, Dublin and New York City.

A huge balloon depicting Donald Trump as a baby wearing a diaper and holding a smartphone has once again been raised in the air by protesting activists — this time, in Paris, where the US President arrived for Remembrance Day.

The balloon was first used when the US President arrived in the UK capital in July. Since then, it has been used in Dublin, Ireland and across the ocean, in New York City.

The British campaigners loaned it to their French counterparts, who staged their protest at Place de la Republique, according to The Independent.

The French version of the "Never Trump" movement organized a demonstration on the Place de la Republique. A blimp of "Baby Trump," swathed in a diaper, hovered overhead. The protests did seem more muted compared with the president's visit in 2017.

However, the protesters believe France should not have invited the leader of the United States, despite America's key role as a French ally in what was then known as The Great War.

"By inviting Trump, Macron is supporting Trump's racist, xenophobic, sexist policies all over the world," Sophie Haas, the organiser of the protest, told reporters.

Earlier on Sunday, French police apprehended three topless women who'd painted protest slogans on their chests that approached Trump's motorcade.

The original inventors of the Baby Trump balloon had intended the prop to become an international phenomenon, setting up a crowdfunding fundraiser, which has since collected $20,000.

"When we passed our original crowdfunding target, we said we'd use the excess money to take the Trump baby wherever we could to globally troll Donald," said Kevin Smith, the UK protest organiser.

It is unclear whether the US President was actually trolled by the balloon.

Back at the White House on Monday, Trump tweeted that "much was accomplished" in his meetings, but voiced a familiar complaint about America's allies. He said the U.S. pays billions "protecting other countries, and we get nothing but Trade Deficits and Losses." He added: "It is time that these very rich countries either pay the United States for its great military protection, or protect themselves."

2018.11.12 / 10:23
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