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Lingerie stores are protesting lockdown laws by sending the French prime minister ladies underwear.

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As part of a protest by lingerie shop owners whose stores have been forced to close due to the country's lockdown, each Prime Minister Jean Castex is receiving ladies' underwear in the mail.

The creative activists have been posting photos of the different underwear they have sent Castex, tucked inside an envelope with a letter detailing their grievances, on social media.

The protest was organized by the group Action Culottée after lingerie stores were classified as non-essential businesses and were forced to close to limit Covid-19 transmission.

"We found a way to bring the number of participants up to 200 retailers," Nathalie Paredes, the project's founder and owner of the Sylvette Lingerie store in Lyon, told CNN. She said, "(That) means 200 panties" have been submitted to the prime minister.

Paredes' community has posted hundreds of photos of the one-of-a-kind shipments Castex has received online.


In a press release, the group said, "We wish to bring to light the very critical situation that hundreds of underwear shops across France are experiencing."

"Florists, bookshops, hair salons, and record stores have all been designated as "key" businesses. What about underwear, though? "said the collective. "Isn't it a matter of hygiene and safety? Isn't it the first thing we put on when we get ready in the morning?"

"How come our department is non-essential, but hairdressing is?"
Paredes was added to the mix.

Castex was advised to rethink the lockout rules in each box, according to the letter included in each package.  "Prime Minister, the truth is that we are all necessary.  Small, independent businesses are precious. 

They help to keep our communities alive by contributing to the local economy, "It declares. CNN has contacted Castex's office for comment.



On April 3, France went back into national lockdown, closing all non-essential shops, as well as restaurants, gyms, museums, and theatres. 

However, bookstores and music stores were required to stay open.

The measures were announced after Covid-19 cases began accelerating across the country. France last week passed 100,000 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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