In breach of lockdown rules, the two men hatched an ingenious plan to evade authorities. They dressed up as buoys and slipped into the sea at Almanarre Beach in Hyères.
Much to their dismay, however, the creative duo were spotted by French authorities who managed to catch and even fine one of them, Daily Mail reported. Pierrot was charged 135 euros (11,000 INR approximately) for his 'buoying' around, even as his partner in crime managed to escape.
In a video that was first shared on Facebook and is now going viral on the internet, the two can be seen making merry on the beach and rolling around in the sand while their heads were covered with white buoy-shaped headgear.
While the duo were slammed for breaking lockdown regulations, their sheer gall seemed to earn the begrudging respect of many on social media.
#Covid19/ Meanwhile in southern France, two guys went swimming in Mediterranean Sea despite lockdown and ban of beach activities.— Jérôme (@JeromePio) May 10, 2020
To do so they disguised themselves as a markup buoy. Yes they did. 👇#French #Lockdown #Madness 👍 https://t.co/tYAs5xydH7
And speaking of defiance.... these two men in the South of France who went swimming disguised as buoys. It was a genius plan until one was caught and fined by police. "If we made people smile and brought some joy to this period we'll happily pay."https://t.co/sOCvShAuAG— Alison Sargent (@sargentali) May 11, 2020
Pierrot was quoted by In a Huffington Post in France as saying that the duo had been trying to make a funny video. And that if the video made people laugh, it was worth paying the fine.
The video comes after the mayor of Hyères Jean-Pierre Giran said he would request the reopening of beaches, given social distancing norms were maintained.