Activists from the environmental collective “Last Renovation” sprayed the gate of the Hôtel de Matignon with orange paint on Wednesday, to denounce the inaction, in their eyes, of the government in the face of global warming.
At midday, two activists with fire extinguishers filled with orange paint managed to spray it on the facade and the high gate of the building which houses the offices of Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne.
Several videos of their action were broadcast on social networks.
The two activists were immediately arrested by the gendarmes who ensure the security of the premises, the Paris police headquarters confirmed to AFP.
According to the Paris prosecutor’s office, these two activists, a 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, were placed in police custody for degradation of property intended for public utility and contempt of person responsible for authority. public.
The investigations were entrusted to the police station of the 7th arrondissement.
“As long as the government continues its criminal inaction, we will continue to use all non-violent means at our disposal to make our cries of revolt heard,” the collective warned in a press release.
A cleaning team quickly intervened to erase the traces of paint, noted an AFP journalist.
The Prime Minister, in charge of ecological planning, was Minister of Ecology in 2019 and 2020. She assumes, in her words, a “complex” ecology and “responsibility”, which “refuses simplism”.
The Last Renovation action took place shortly before the Prime Minister received the social partners in the afternoon at Matignon on the pension reform.