Add a touch of France to your life at the Sunshine Coast French Film Festival.
Add a touch of France to your life at the Sunshine Coast French Film Festival. Kristy Muir

Activist closes Eiffel tower over Greenpeace arrests

A GREENPEACE activist has staged a protest in a tent suspended from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower against Russia's detention of 30 members of the environmental lobby group.

The activist unveiled a banner on Saturday (Oct 26) with the slogans "Free the Arctic 30" and "Militants in prison, climate in danger", forcing authorities to close the French monument to tourists in the morning.

Moscow has sparked an international outcry over its heavy-handed response after two Greenpeace activists in September scaled a state-owned oil platform to protest against Russian energy exploration in the Arctic.

It detained 30 crew members of the Dutch-flagged icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, including two journalists, in the northern Murmansk region, on piracy charges, which prosecutors later reduced to hooliganism.



Firefighters are once again protecting homes

Firefighters are once again protecting homes

The fire had burnt 255 hectares before jumping road

Rain, when and where will it fall?: BoM forecaster

premium_icon Rain, when and where will it fall?: BoM forecaster

Some towns could receive up to 80mm of rainfall this week

Motorbike rider killed after crash at Alstonville

Motorbike rider killed after crash at Alstonville

39-year-old man suffered critical injuries and died at the scene

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