A former stripper who wants to run for the French presidential election was arrested for parading topless in the street to promote transparency. Cindy Lee, 52, who is the candidate for the Pleasure Party in France, was handing out pamphlets and talking to voters while she was wearing just a pair of hotpants and tassels covering each Tip. But her desire to shine a light on what she described as corruption in French politics did not go well, as she was arrested by 30 riot police officers who had mistaken her for a radical feminist activist.
Although Lee is an official candidate of her party, it seems unlikely she will challenge Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron or Francois Fillon for the leadership. In order for a candidate to be considered for the ballot paper, 500 elected French officials need to sponsor them. So far, a week before the cut-off point, Lee has not managed one. The former stripper has made a name for herself in the past for similar scantily-clad protests. The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on April 23. If no candidate wins a majority, a second vote will be help between the top two prospective presidents on May 7.