Italy's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Italian rams car into Paris presidential palace

Share this article

 Italian rams car into Paris presidential palace
The Italian theatre manager rammed his car into the gates of France's presidential palace in protest against subsidy cuts. Photo: Haydn Blackey/Flickr
08:32 CET+01:00
An Italian theatre manager rammed his car into the iron gates of an entrance to the French presidential palace on Thursday to protest against subsidy cuts for his Paris venue, police said.

The action was seen as largely symbolic since Attilio Maggiulli "only succeeded in lightly hitting the grills at slow speed," a police source said.

"He was immediately arrested and placed in custody."

"If his aim was to be talked about, he has succeeded. But he may have to pay for that," a source close to the investigation said.

Other police sources said the 67-year-old, who runs a 100-seat theatre in the city's Montparnasse district, had staged another protest near the Elysee palace a few days ago, setting fire to a model of a harlequin.

He had scattered leaflets on the road slamming a cut in subsidies for his theatre, La Comedie Italienne, which stages classical and contemporary Italian works.

Maggiulli was briefly held for questioning by police following that incident.

A student of the well-known Italian opera and theatre director Giorgio Strehler, Maggiulli has a record of staging stunts to highlight his theatre's financial woes, including a hunger strike 10 years ago.

Don't miss a story about Italy - Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

VIDEO: Three surprising facts that will make you want to visit Malta

Game of Thrones has ended but it lives on in Malta! Find out how and learn two more unexpected facts about this little archipelago in the middle of the Med.