Shirtless Protesters Storm French Open

Flare-wielding protesters demand Francois Hollande quit
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
A demonstrator invades center court as Rafael Nadal plays David Ferrer during the men's final of the French Open at Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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(Newser) – It was just another boring French Open final, with Rafael Nadal soundly thumping David Ferrer—until a masked, half-naked flare-wielding protester hopped onto the tennis court, reports the AP. Security personnel quickly subdued the man, but other protesters climbed atop an adjacent court with flares and a sign demanding the resignation of French President Francois Hollande. Play resumed quickly, and Nadal held on to win 6-3, 6-2, 6-3—his eighth French Open victory. (Read more French Open stories.)

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