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article imageTheater manager rams French presidential palace in protest

By Anne Sewell     Dec 27, 2013 in World
Paris - Protesting against subsidy cuts for his Paris theater, Attilio Maggiulli rammed his car against the iron gates of the Elysée presidential palace in Paris on Thursday.
According to police sources, the action was taken as being largely symbolic, as the car "only succeeded in lightly hitting the grills at slow speed."
A source told the media, "If his aim was to be talked about, he has succeeded. But he may have to pay for that."
Police sources said that Maggiulli was immediately arrested and placed in custody.
La Stampa reported (in Italian) that the 67-year-old runs a 100-seat theater in Paris' Montparnasse district.
Maggiulli is said to be a student of the well-known Italian opera and theater director, Giorgio Strehler, and this is apparently not his first protest. A few days ago, he set fire to a model of a harlequin near the Elysée palace. Maggiulli was reportedly held briefly for that incident.
France TV reported (in French) that he also distributed leaflets in the area, complaining about the cut in subsidies for his theater, La Comédie Italienne. The theater stages both contemporary and classical Italian works.
Maggiulli also staged a hunger strike 10 years ago to highlight the financial woes of his theater.
La Comédie Italienne in Paris  France
La Comédie Italienne in Paris, France
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