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Dancers in Thongs at Business Gala Still OK in Post-MeToo France

  • ‘It was like the Moulin Rouge,’ said one Swiss trader
  • Cabaret is widely considered a cultural tradition in France
Cabaret in France dates back to the 1800s and the show at the Moulin Rouge still attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Cabaret in France dates back to the 1800s and the show at the Moulin Rouge still attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Photographer: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images

In France, the birthplace of the Moulin Rouge, a major agriculture conference threw a business party featuring an after-dinner cabaret show of women wearing little else besides rhinestone-studded thongs and bras.

Traders attending the European Commodities Exchange last week in Rouen, France, posted photos and video of the party on Twitter, some of which showed semi-naked women dancing on a stage to club-thumping music. The gala was part of the official program of the conference, which was sponsored by major companies in the French agriculture and trading industry, including Euronext, Senalia and Soufflet Group.