The “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon barrelled into France this week with sales of the bondage-fuelled erotic romance rivalling the Harry Potter franchise two days after its release.
Some 40,000 copies of the “mommy porn” hit — which has sold some 40 million copies worldwide — flew off the shelves on the day of its French release on Wednesday, according to publisher JC Lattes.
The FNAC megastore said it had sold 15,000 copies by Thursday, the highest sales for any book since the final instalment of J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, in 2007.
Spiced up with sado-masochism, the 2011 novel by British author E.L. James is the first part of a trilogy about a relationship between a college graduate and a young business magnate.
Volumes two and three — “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” — will hit shelves in France early next year.
Rights to the series have been sold in more than 40 countries, despite lacklustre reviews such as The Guardian’s which regretted its “improbable” dialogue, “lame characterisation” and “irritating tics”.
“Facile, insipid, dull,” was how the French edition of Cosmopolitan summed it up, deriding sex scenes so “overloaded with details that you are reminded more of a lesson in anatomy than a porno.”
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.
Cincinnati sheriff deputies replace American flag at the Justice Center with ‘thin-blue-line’ flag
Cincinnati police were filmed replacing the American flag that hangs over the Justice Center in Ohio's third-largest city. They then replaced it with the thin-blue-line flag, that was created to advocate for law-enforcement during Black Lives Matter Protests.
During the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, right-wing and white supremacist activists carried the thin-blue-line flag along with the Confederate flag to speak out against Black Lives Matter.
While the flag may have been created in support of law enforcement, it has been adopted by white supremacists and taken on a darker meaning.
WATCH: DC protesters turn over ‘agitator’ to police — then the agitators try to start a fight with cops
Protesters in Washington, D.C. were captured on video handing over an agitator to police, while other agitators in paintball tactical gear appeared to try and start fights with police.
Former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, revealed that his former colleagues and law enforcement he knows recognize that far-right agitators are attempting to start significant conflicts between police and protesters.
"There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming," he said on MSNBC.