Europe Seeing Rise in War Memorial Porn
Latest case has couple filming sex acts at WWI monument in France
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2008 3:34 PM CDT
A Muslim military cemetery near the Vimy monument was desecrated in another, more insidious fashion.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Europe’s war memorials are seeing an uptick in obscene acts of desecration, the Telegraph reports, with the most recent involving a couple making a pornographic film at the Vimy Ridge memorial in northern France, which commemorates some of the 60,000 Canadians who died in the First World War. The couple was given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay a symbolic fine to Canada.

“The memorial has been known for a long time as a place where exhibitionism and voyeurism is common,” a prosecutor noted; “It is a problem which appears to be getting worse—people appear to get a perverse pleasure out of this behavior,” a police spokesman adds. Just 6 months ago, another couple was fined for taking lewd photographs at the soaring structure.