French pro-bear activists protest after bear found dead | AFP

‘We are the teddy bears, they are the bad guys’: several dozen people gather in front of a local government office in Ariège, southern France, to pay tribute to a bear killed in the Pyrenees. The protest had initially been banned to prevent potential clashes with local shepherds. IMAGES

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