Fundamentalist Christians protest at Paris theater

By the Associated Press | October 28, 2011 | 3:30 PM EDT

A riot police officer moves back a Christian activist during a demonstration, in Paris, Thursday Oct. 27, 2011, in front of the Theatre de la ville, where the Italian director Romeo Castellucci's play "On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God" is being performed. Christian fundamentalists protest against the play featuring the face of Christ drizzled with fake excrement. (AP Photo / Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) — The mayor of Paris says the city is filing legal complaints against fundamentalist Christians protesting a play at the municipal theater they claim is blasphemous.

Riot police have been called in to chase off demonstrators bearing crosses loudly protesting in front of, and sometimes inside, the Theatre de la Ville since the Oct. 20 opening of "Sur le Concept du Visage du fils de Dieu" ("On the Concept of the Son of God's Face").

Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said Friday that Paris can't tolerate "such expressions of fundamentalism and intolerance."

His statement said the city is filing complaints when demonstrators try to interrupt performances of the play by Italian Romeo Castellucci, in which projectiles are thrown at the face of Christ hanging onstage.