Hands of Churchill statue in Paris painted blood red by protesters

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French anti-war campaigners have desecrated a statue of Winston Churchill in Paris on the anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess.

They daubed the statue's hands in red paint to signify blood and scrawled the initials RH on the plinth.

It has been 22 years since the death of Adolf Hitler's deputy, who flew to Britain at the height of the Second World War, allegedly to try to make peace.

Prime minister Churchill had him thrown in prison in 1941 and the war continued for four years. After the war Hess was tried at Nuremberg and jailed for life.

The statue was attacked on Monday night, August 17, the day on which in 1987 Hess died at Spandau Prison in Berlin, aged 93.

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