French Climate Activist Screaming after being unglued the French way. Source Youtube, fair use, low resolution image to identify the subject.

Climate Activists Discover French Police Don’t Use Glue Solvent

Essay by Eric Worrall

WARNING, includes graphic video: After this, it might be a while until climate activists try glueing themselves to anything in France.

Activists should do their research before pulling a stunt like that. US and UK police might be soft on disruptive protestors, but there are some police forces you just don’t mess with.

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June 27, 2022 6:03 am

Oops! Unintended consequences. Better planning next time.

Bryan A
Reply to  George
June 27, 2022 6:19 am

Boy, he sure came unglued

Reply to  Bryan A
June 27, 2022 6:56 am


Reply to  Bryan A
June 27, 2022 7:30 am

Too funny! LOL.

Reply to  Bryan A
June 27, 2022 10:23 am

He’s definitely got some skin in the game.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Bryan A
June 27, 2022 6:58 pm

Hey, he stuck to his principles…

And him and his other protesters can now talk about their bonding experience.

Reply to  Bryan A
June 28, 2022 7:21 pm

One way to permanently remove fingerprints. Helps in future criminal activity.

Reply to  George
June 27, 2022 11:13 am


Reply to  George
June 27, 2022 7:04 pm

when sticking to your plan fails

June 27, 2022 6:09 am

Did Les Police take the knee before they ripped the hand off the road?

Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 27, 2022 12:12 pm

They usually throw you a grenade that can blow your hand or feet away.
Really literally.
Textually really literally blow away.

This isn’t a joke:

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Reply to  niceguy
June 27, 2022 8:00 pm

Gol dang, that’s actually an appropriate removal of the YouTube video. The still picture reminds me of some of the animals I’ve butchered.

Rod Evans
June 27, 2022 6:10 am

“Oh dear, how sad, never mind”….

June 27, 2022 6:12 am

Like a soccer player

Paul Johnson
Reply to  Waza
June 27, 2022 6:22 am

Trying to win an Oscar for Best Street Performance in a dramatic farce.

Reply to  Paul Johnson
June 27, 2022 6:38 pm

Exactly! The protestor learned from watching football players fake injuries for the refs. His hand wasn’t “glued” to the road any more than Joe Biden is a respected statesman. But I devoutly wish it had been.

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Tom Halla
June 27, 2022 6:12 am


Reply to  Tom Halla
June 27, 2022 7:48 am

They should apply anaesthetic first. A couple whacks to the head with the old billy stick should work.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
June 27, 2022 12:17 pm
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June 27, 2022 3:28 pm


John Thorogood
June 27, 2022 6:23 am

Brilliant! Will somebody remind me where the word “sympathy” comes in the dictionary?

Sandy Sinclair
Reply to  John Thorogood
June 27, 2022 7:10 am

Between “shame” and “that’s” “unfortunate”

Reply to  Sandy Sinclair
June 27, 2022 8:42 am

LOL well done Sandy!

John Thorogood
Reply to  Sandy Sinclair
June 27, 2022 12:03 pm

Nope! Wrong! Between sh*t and syphilis

Reply to  John Thorogood
June 28, 2022 3:41 am

The protesters have left their finger prints all over the area.

Barnes Moore
June 27, 2022 6:35 am

They deserve any pain they get for pushing to inflict the painful and destructive policies they advocate.

Reply to  Barnes Moore
June 27, 2022 4:08 pm

the pain of anything up to, and including, getting run over would seem reasonable.

June 27, 2022 6:39 am

Comedy gold!

Desert Bob
June 27, 2022 7:02 am

That protestor deserves an Oscar for his acting.

Pete Bonk
June 27, 2022 7:03 am

The French police were just being “green”: After all, the common glue solvent acetone is made from petroleum, so not using the solvent to detach the idiot protesters is saving the planet, right? The protester should thank the police for getting with the program…….

Bruce Cobb
June 27, 2022 7:04 am

Oy vey. He’s got skin in the game now.

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June 27, 2022 7:05 am

It’s the band-aid approach. You can rip off the band-aid for a brief bit of pain, or you can wear it until it falls off on its own.

The trouble with the solvent approach is that there are no consequences to the protesters.

The French used the ‘rip it’ approach. The Brits should quit using solvent if they are not going to use the ‘rip it’ technique and just direct traffic around the protesters until the glue gives way in 2 or 3 days.

I’d also make sure the protesters had plenty to drink. 🤣

Reply to  H.R.
June 27, 2022 3:46 pm

I think a documentary would be in order, watching how one or two immobilized glue-people manage to eat, drink, and … for a couple of days, preferably hot ones.

Reply to  BobM
June 28, 2022 5:12 am

Give them umbrellas in case it rains.

Oh wait… their hands are glued to the road. Never mind.

June 27, 2022 7:05 am

The French can be so romantic

Call me a skeptic
Reply to  fretslider
June 27, 2022 7:25 am

Let it rip!

Reply to  fretslider
June 27, 2022 12:28 pm

Some people who protested because they can’t afford fossil fuels lost an eye:

That’s how you are treated when you protest the system.

When you support the system, as these “décroissant” did?

June 27, 2022 7:30 am

I think it’s like a bandage. It’s ok if you rip it off in one clean, fast movement. 😏

Harry Passfield
June 27, 2022 7:31 am

What I saw was that the demonstrator was sitting as if both hands were glued to the road yet, when the police removed one hand – quite easily, it seemed – the demonstrator was able to ‘free’ the other hand very easily. ‘Twas all theatre for the camera. I just wish UK Police would follow the example.

Reply to  Harry Passfield
June 27, 2022 7:42 am

Why use glue for real when one can fake it, after all that’s what these anarchists are, total fakers and cowards,


Bryan A
Reply to  Harry Passfield
June 27, 2022 8:05 am

Before ripping the hand away from the pavement, it should be the responsibility of the Gendarme to ensure that the hand is in fact firmly glued to the pavement. To that end, super glue will become standard equipment for all police.

Richard Page
Reply to  Bryan A
June 27, 2022 10:35 am

It’s far simpler and cheaper to step firmly on the hand – you find out very quickly if the hand is glued to the street or not!

Bryan A
Reply to  Richard Page
June 27, 2022 12:01 pm

Carrying super glue has the same effect, just glue it first

CD in Wisconsin
June 27, 2022 8:08 am

“WARNING, includes graphic video: After this, it might be a while until climate activists try glueing themselves to anything in France.”


Many in Western culture today seems to be of the mindset that there should be no consequences (outside of getting arrested) for doing stupid things like sitting in the middle of a busy roadway and gluing oneself to it. I don’t know that I necessarily agree with that.

I still want to kick myself when I do something stupid.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
June 27, 2022 10:03 am

The basis is in Marxism.
Marxists are not concerned with adjusting this or that policy. Until a nation goes Marxist, they are dissatisfied. In fact, until the entire world gives up on nations, and is all one Communist government.

Marxists believe that political systems develop to preserve themselves. No duh.
So, French Law (or laws in any other nation) serve to preserve the overall system, while allowing some modest scope changes here and there.

But the overall system is the problem, per Marxists. The “oppression” they perceive is basked in to the system. And cannot be reformed or redressed within the system.

So, the system itself needs to be toppled, and replaced. The change they believe is needed cannot come from “within.” The system will work to sustain the prevailing system, no matter how much “change” happens.

With this philosophical tenet, the ONLY way to change the system is by working outside the system; not in it.

So, Marxist actions often include these disruptive actions. This person gluing self to roadway is equal to you or me voting, or starting a civic group around an issue.

Some public issue campaigns that are happy to work within the prevailing system do perform attention-getting stunts.

This is just publicity, getting attention. But for Marxists, this is what they do. Until enough of us are “woke” enough to be ready for Revolution, and we all rise up and kill the oppressors.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
June 27, 2022 9:23 pm

One of the problems with Marxism is that Marx talked up the struggle between those who worked, and those who owned.

(he also wished out of existence the owner/workers, cause they ruined his argument)

So, those who worked should rise up and take away from those who own. And then… keep working…

So, problem – In a Worker’s Paradise, YOU are still just a worker.

And second problem – where does Marx and his little friends sit in this model? Are they workers or owners?


Marx was an outsider looking in and complaining that he wasn’t being respected for his intellect and big bushy beard. He wanted the system to upend so that him and his peers could take their place ‘guiding’ society, but were never prepared to actually put their own existence on the line.

What happens to Marxist when the revolution fails? They go back to musing with each other on the ills of the world.

What happens to everyone else when the revolution fails? Well the factories are destroyed, the supply chains are screwed, people are struggling for food and there is no work.

Marx, and all his little follower friends, are cowards wanting you to upend your life so that they can upgrade their status.

Jim G.
Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 30, 2022 7:31 am

Karl Marx believed in natural superiors. A group of which he, of course, belonged.

excerpt from Communist Manifesto:
“The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his “natural superiors”, and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous “cash payment”.

“…callous cash payment”, I guess he desired to go back to the days of barter.
Trading goats puts a whole new meaning to “What’s in your wallet”? Baaa

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
June 27, 2022 11:53 am

I still remember the Mensa candidate who tried to glue himself to an automatic door.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
June 27, 2022 12:36 pm

Squashed kangaroo anybody not much different

Craig from Oz
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
June 27, 2022 9:55 pm

CD suggested:

…the mindset that there should be no consequences (outside of getting arrested) for doing stupid things…

This is the thing. A great many members of society believe they have a ‘Right’ to ‘Things’.

The core problem here is what actually is a Right?

Who gives them out?

Are you born with them? These ‘Basic Human Rights’, does Greta give them to you using the power of her scowl? When you go out into the bush and yell to the trees ‘I have a RIGHT!’ do the trees and rocks and animals give a toss?

You know what Nature probably really thinks your rights are?

  • You have a right to be eaten
  • You have a right to drown
  • You have a right to heat exhaustion
  • You have a right to hypothermia
  • You have a right to fresh water… provided you are willing to get off your bum, find it and then if need be contest for that water with other creatures.

Sorry, but quite frankly you have NO RIGHTS.

What you have is are collections of CONDITIONS that your society and culture have agreed are acceptable.

Let us take the idea of a Constitutional Right. One might say ‘My Right to [subject] is included in the Constitution’ and in a literal sense you may be correct. However how did this right get there? Someone put it into the Constitution and then everyone involved ratified it. It was an agreed condition.

Had this argument with a peer recently. He offered up that he believed it was a basic right to have clean water.

Really? Why? Again, go out into nature and tell them that, see if they listen.

I counter that it is NOT your ‘right’ to clean water, it is your expectation based on the society you live in and it is delivered based on terms and conditions of your society. You want clean water to your house? You willing to pay for the water you use? You willing to pay council rates to maintain the pipes that feed your property? Yes? Then you can have your water.

It is not a ‘right’ for clean water, it is a society agreement that clean water will be provided under agreed conditions. And how did your society get to the stage where this agreement exist? By long term adjustments to what people believed was a fair compromise – and sometimes fair compromises are reached by demanding.

(also, since the link to clean water with health is pretty established, providing clean water is often a bit of a win/win for everyone involved, so sometimes compromises are easy to make.)

So, how does this tie into glue man?

These people seem to live with a perception that they have a RIGHT to do actions like gluing themselves and that their ‘rights’ them protect them.

Well… no.

First up, you don’t really have ‘rights’. You have society agreements and they can be changed.

Second – and Your Nation May Vary – you are not so much ‘protected’ as such, it is more that other people have a Duty of Care to ensure you do not come to deliberate or avoidable harm.

The flip side is you have a responsibility not to do something stupid.

Case points – and again, Your Nation May Vary – but Industrial Safety/Risk Reduction works to So Far As Is Reasonably Practical. You have a legal duty of care to reduce risks, but only So Far As Is Reasonably Practical.

Let us say you have a deep hole in the footpath. You have a duty of care to reduce the risk of people falling in. So a fence with warning signs. But you could also evacuate the entire area out to 1km radius and post armed guards around the exclusion zone. This would also reduce the risk of someone falling into the hole, but is not Reasonably Practical.

The other part of this is that you do not have to factor in deliberate intent. If you put up a fence and post signs and someone deliberately ignores the signs, climbs the fence and still falls in? They showed deliberate intend to get close to the edge of the hole.

And this is where we get to the protestors.

They know that pedestrians are not allowed to obstruct traffic in normal conditions. This is a well established society condition. They know that a vehicle in motion can cause damage from impact. They know that a vehicle can crush you under the wheels. Being in a ‘vehicle zone’ is a RISK.

So if you deliberately enter a vehicle zone and deliberately make it difficult to remove you from the said area, then you have shown clear intent to IGNORE risk reduction processes.

It is not your right to be there.

Duty of Care works both ways.

In fact in some nations the police may be bound with a Duty of Care to ensure you are removed from a clear place of danger.

So stop crying if you get hurt or beaten up by law enforcement.

Jim G.
Reply to  Craig from Oz
June 30, 2022 7:41 am

I think that you may be inaccurate on two counts.

The first is that rights are not conferred by the (US) constitution.
The US Constitution explicitly states that our rights are endowed by our creator.
The constitution, government, or leaders cannot confer what we are endowed with by God. If rights are conferred by man, then no rights are absolute.

Secondly is that the US Constitution is written as a shackle for government.
It was written to prevent men from doing harm to others through gaining power.
In fact, the Federal Government had no authority over individuals in the beginning.
It wasn’t until the sixteenth amendment that allowed individual taxation that the government began to gain real power over individuals. And it’s been downhill from there.

joe x
June 27, 2022 8:41 am

these eco terrorists should be gluing themselves to train tracks, after all some trains run on diesel right?

Reply to  joe x
June 27, 2022 12:43 pm

Used uranium trains (CASTOR) only run on diesel. (Electric isn’t considered reliable.)
Also, there is “always” in helicopter to tell the driver is the way is clear.

Obstructing these castors was a long tradition. (Hence the “hélico”)

Just one day, the hélico was refueling at the time (random chance – so we are told).
So the driver saw the protester Sébastien Briard attached to the rails a bit too late. Guy got his legs cut (or one leg?). Later he died.

Reply to  niceguy
June 28, 2022 6:19 am

From the first article:

Le train est reparti hier vers 18 heures à destination de l’Allemagne mais les militants antinucléaires étaient sous le choc.


Militant ecologists are shocked (“sous le choc”) that a freight train will cut off the legs of someone stupid enough to lie across the track? Just how stupid are these people?

joe x
June 27, 2022 8:49 am

one of these days one of these nut jobs is going to use j b weld. that i would pay to see.

Mike McMillan
June 27, 2022 8:57 am

Sheesh, that sets my teeth on edge.

Couldn’t they have used gasoline? I think it has some solvent properties.

Plus the high heat might soften the glue.

Reply to  Mike McMillan
June 28, 2022 2:07 am

almost got the keyboard, very tactfully said roflmao

June 27, 2022 9:19 am

Cyanoacrylate, or C5H5NO2 is the main chemical in superglue. It contains carbon, the exact substance these people are protesting.

Is it hypocritical or just stupid to protest spreading carbon around by spreading carbon around?

Reply to  Doonman
June 27, 2022 9:37 am

Both can reasonably describe the vast majority of such protestors.

MM from Canada
Reply to  Doonman
June 27, 2022 3:04 pm

“Is it hypocritical or just stupid to protest spreading carbon around by spreading carbon around?”


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June 27, 2022 9:28 am

I say acting a properly glued hand should take the skin off the hand should look like raw meat

June 27, 2022 9:32 am

Haven’t these fools heard what happened to the Rainbow Warrior (which would probably be a breach of copyright these days out of interest…)? We could learn something from the French on how to actually make good on a threat.

June 27, 2022 12:48 pm

These last years, the police has been barbaric dealing with protesters. Even in really peaceful protests. Throwing grenades at people just walking.

Joe Gordon
June 27, 2022 9:45 am

The World Cup will take place late this fall, giving us the opportunity to see many similar performances.

Reply to  Joe Gordon
June 27, 2022 12:50 pm

The actions of French police against Liverpool supporters at the Stade de France were so ad and indefensible, all videos were Epstein-ed.

Joe Gordon
Reply to  niceguy
June 27, 2022 1:06 pm

I was referring to the behavior of soccer (association football) players, who, almost uniquely among professional athletes, routinely disgrace themselves by simulating injury in order to try and convince a referee a foul has taken place.

It is starting to infect basketball, unfortunately. Hence the common nickname of the future Hall of Famer: LeFlop James.

Soccer is a great sport. But it has been completely ruined by pervasive cheating. I was hoping VAR would help put an end to it, but the problem seems to be getting worse.

June 27, 2022 9:46 am

Ah, the ever-practical French

Stephen Richards
June 27, 2022 10:09 am

Like the idiots that attacked the russian oil platform. We are governed by cowards.

June 27, 2022 10:38 am

should have been some head kicking involved as heads were at superb level for that.

Tim Spence
June 27, 2022 10:42 am

That would have been graphic if a couple of fingers had remained stuck to the road-

Reply to  Tim Spence
June 27, 2022 2:51 pm

could have been arranged just stop on hand before unzipping

June 27, 2022 10:50 am

See, there is humor in protests on Climate. How do you protest something that happens naturally in nature? By doing something unnatural it seems.

Shoki Kaneda
June 27, 2022 10:59 am

They were hoping to stick around for a while.

Walter Sobchak
June 27, 2022 11:13 am

Vive La France!

June 27, 2022 11:56 am

“Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.” – unknown

Lurker Pete
June 27, 2022 11:57 am

Or they could take a leaf from the leader of the astroturfing outfit XR, who just pretends to glue herself to things for the photo oppertunity.

June 27, 2022 12:22 pm

In France, police can throw a grenade at you (you = Zineb Redouane), at a window, in your flat, kill you, and say the hospital caused your death, and all is fine, and the shooter isn’t even named.

Police can throw grenades that can cause atrocious injuries at protesters.

So ungluing randos? Ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah

June 27, 2022 1:21 pm

Lol saw that earlier. Whilst the little boy was screaming and rolling around, the girl next to him was calmly picking the glue off her hands

Jack Frost
June 27, 2022 1:27 pm

Excellent response to idiots. If only the British police would do the same against the nutters that glue themselves to all manner of things.

Reply to  Jack Frost
June 27, 2022 5:10 pm

Agree. I say give them their day or two in the sun protesting and see how it goes. Wouldn’t take too many examples, especially if the gendarmes ignored simple counter-protests such as falling food, eggs, tomatoes, standard stuff.

Richard Page
Reply to  Jack Frost
June 29, 2022 4:01 pm

I sort of agree and disagree – I think these protestors should be taken off the streets and superglued to the inside of a prison cell. Just sayin’.

June 27, 2022 1:30 pm

Sacre gleu, huuh huuh!

John Aqua
June 27, 2022 3:13 pm

Ever see the movie Jackass? They use superglue all the time and yell but not as dramatic and over the top as that protestor, actor, stand-in, whatever.

james Fosser
June 27, 2022 3:15 pm

But, what about their human rights? (what about them?).

Robert of Ottawa
June 27, 2022 3:24 pm

I personally think we should just leave them stuck there, route the traffic around them. Don’t let them have assistance.

Alastair Brickell
Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
June 27, 2022 6:49 pm

No need to route the traffic around them …why would you do that!

June 27, 2022 3:33 pm

Bobo la main !

Alexy Scherbakoff
June 27, 2022 4:10 pm

Remove protestor then apply solvent. Did I get the order right?

June 27, 2022 4:56 pm

Let’s see. Glue yourself to a road and wear a bright orange safety vest so that everyone can see you.

June 27, 2022 5:01 pm

Just came back and watched it again. Does that make me a bad person?

Jake J
June 27, 2022 5:53 pm

I was briefly acquainted with a guy who’d been one of those French police. He got fired from his job as a waiter in Seattle for being too combative. I liked him, but I didn’t have the same prima donna gene rampant among the Karens. In any case, one big takeaway from a few chats was: “Do not screw around with the gendarmes.” LOL

June 27, 2022 5:55 pm

I think they got treated with kid gloves.

Gary Pate
June 27, 2022 6:08 pm

That was AWESOME!!!!!!

John in Oz
June 27, 2022 6:13 pm

Hardly a graphic video requiring a warning.

All I saw was a spoilt child complaining because he had an owie and needed his mother to kiss it better.

June 27, 2022 7:48 pm

To glue ur hand to the road ad then complain when it gets ripped off jus shows the level of retardation in these simpletons u wouldn’t put ur hand on a hot stove would u.

Reply to  Steve
June 28, 2022 1:17 am

It also highlights the retardation in the policies of other police departments. It’s good to know the French get something right every great once in a while.

June 27, 2022 11:45 pm

May I suggest they glue their private parts next time?

June 28, 2022 12:25 am

It’s not graphic. It’s over acting.

June 28, 2022 1:58 am

best laugh Ive had in ages!! well done french cops, and so casual about it

June 28, 2022 2:43 am

Does he play soccer? certainly performs like a soccer player when down.

June 28, 2022 4:02 am

It’s all theatre – cyanocryalte glue doesn’t stick to asphalt

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Ed Zuiderwijk
June 28, 2022 4:35 am

An Oscar waiting for that prima donna.

But the French police, in particular, les gendarmes, the men of arms, don’t hold their punches. I lived in The south of France many years ago and the local gangsters had found a new money spinner: they followed high range cars like Mercs or Audis on them motorway, forced them to stop brandishing machine guns, robbed the passengers and drove off with car. The solution was brutal.
les gendarmes sent out decoy cars packed with heavily armed police. When they were targeted they came out all guns blazing, two robbers were killed there and then with the one survivor, left to tell the tale, a few weeks in hospital.

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