Dad in custody battle protests on crane

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PARIS — A French father demanding visiting rights with his son climbed down Monday from his protest perch atop a crane, but said it will be a long time before divorced dads are seen as credible single parents and get the same rights in France as mothers.

Serge Charnay halted his four-day protest on the crane in the western city of Nantes after Justice Minister Christiane Taubira met with SOS Papa, an activist group for divorced fathers.

“It’s a start ... There’s lots of work to do,” he told TV cameras after reaching the ground. “These little ladies still think we can’t change the diapers of a kid and take care of him ... This must stop.”

—Compiled from Associated Press reports