(CREDITS TO CNN) French Prime Minister Jean Castex is being sent ladies’ underwear in the mail, as part of a protest by lingerie store owners whose outlets have been forced to close under the country’s lockdown.
The imaginative activists have been sharing pictures online of the various undergarments they have sent Castex, tucked inside an envelope with a letter explaining their grievances.
The protest, organized by the group Action Culottée, came about after lingerie stores were classed as non-essential businesses, and were therefore forced to close to reduce transmission of Covid-19.
“We managed to get the number of participants up to 200 retailers,” Nathalie Paredes, owner of the Sylvette Lingerie store in Lyon and the creator of the project, told CNN. “(That) means 200 panties” have been sent to the prime minister, she said.
Paredes’ group has shared dozens of images online of the unique packages Castex has been mailed.
“We wish to bring to light the very critical situation that hundreds of underwear shops across France are experiencing,” the group said in a press release.
“Florists, booksellers, hairdressers and record shops have been classified as ‘essential’ businesses. But what about underwear?” the group said. “Isn’t it a question of hygiene and protection? Isn’t it the first thing we put on in the morning to get dressed?”