Lewd Rubbing forces authorities to erect fence around statue

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    Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris has fenced off a famous tomb to prevent lewd acts being performed on a statue.

    The effigy of 19th Century journalist known as Victor Noir has long been popular with women visitors.


    This is partly due to his reputation as a romantic figure, and partly because of the effigy's design.

    Officials concerned about damage to the icon's groin area have erected a fence around the grave, and a sign prohibiting indecent rubbing.

    Noir - whose real name was Yvan Salman - was killed by Pierre Bonaparte, a great-nephew of the Emperor Napoleon, after bearing him a challenge to a duel.

    According to the story, he was due to get married the day after he was killed.

    The statue shows Noir in a frock coat and trousers lying flat on his back, with a distinct enlargement in the groin.

    The effigy has been held as an aid to love or fertility.

    It is said that a woman who kisses the lips of the prostrate statue and slips a flower into the upturned top hat will find a husband by the end of the year.

    The new sign warns: "Any damage caused by graffiti or indecent rubbing will be prosecuted."
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