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Paris's 'Butt Plug' Christmas Tree Vandalised In 'Attack On Creative Freedom'

18/10/2014 11:05 BST | Updated 18/10/2014 11:59 BST

Vandals have attacked the controversial new 'Tree' artwork in Paris after many had complained that it looked far more like a... well, just look at it.

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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.

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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.