The giant inflatable sculpture by Paul McCarthy in Place Vendôme had caused a global frenzy after being installed prompting the hashtag #PlugGate.
But tragedy struck late on Friday night when the ambiguous structure was attacked.
Un plug anal géant de 24 m de haut vient d'être installé place Vendôme !
Place #Vendome défigurée !
Paris humilié ! pic.twitter.com/vv7fzZWC62— Printemps Français (@nelachonsrien) 16 Octobre 2014
Le plug a fait pshit ! pic.twitter.com/N4ww9I8kCM— ArnaudF (@nalan2000) 18 Octobre 2014
A police spokesman said: "Individuals have severed the cables that hold the sculpture in place, taking advantage of a momentary lack of a security guard."
"Investigations are ongoing."
Farnce's Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, called the vandalism "an attack on creative freedom" as well as a physical attack on the artist himself.
Paul McCarthy has a history of fairly provocative artwork having previously displayed a pair of sculptures of George W Bush having sex and a Christmas dwarf holding a tree that looked like, yes you've guessed it, a butt plug.Suggest a correction