Tunis - Three European women went on trial in Tunis on Wednesday for holding a topless anti-Islamist protest, and their French lawyer said he was confident about the outcome, despite the risk of jail sentences.
Pauline Hillier and Marguerite Stern from France and Josephine Markmann from Germany arrived in court around 09.30GMT wearing the traditional Tunisian veil, or safsari.
A few dozen people had gathered outside the courthouse and shouted abuse at one of the women's Tunisian lawyers.
“How can you defend those women?” one of the people shouted. “You are not Tunisian; you are not Muslim; you don't have a wife or daughter.”
Patrick Klugman, who came to Tunis to represent the activists from the radical women's group Femen, said the prosecution had decided on a charge of debauchery rather than an attack on public morals.