A performance artist who is known for her provocative appearances in France, shocked believers by stripping in front of the famous statue wearing only a blue veil on her head in the pilgrimage hotspot, the Sanctuary of our Lady of Lourdes, in the Occitanie region.
Deborah de Robertis, 34, stood in front of the statue and held her hands in a praying position, while horrified visitors watched this unfold.
One upset bystander even tried covering the woman up with a veil, meanwhile Police were called to the scene immediately and arrested her, placing her in custody for a few hours.
It is not the first time that the self-labelled “pro-feminist artist” has hit the headlines for exhibitionism.
In October, she similarly stripped naked in a performance at the Louvre Museum in Paris, next to the famous painting of the Mona Lisa, and faced court charges, which were dismissed shortly after the trial began.
Speaking in court, de Robertis said that performance was intended to “question the place of women in the history of art.”
The charge of sexual exhibition was dropped but instead she was given 35 hours of community service for biting a museum guard when he tried to remove her from the area.
Deborah de Robertis was bailed to attend court in May to face a criminal trial accused of a charge of sexual exhibition.