A group of feminists, some dressed as maids and princesses, occupied a Paris toy shop to protest the gender stereotypes fuelled by toys in the run-up to Christmas.
Slamming the prevalence on store shelves of pink-clad dolls for girls and swords for boys the protesters urged shoppers to opt for gender-neutral gifts.
"The conditioning starts with toys," said Roselyne Segalen of the group Chiennes de Garde (Watch Dogs).
"It sets a disastrous example and restricts children to stereotypes."
Gender equality is a hot topic in France, which saw mass demonstrations by conservatives in May over an experimental school programme that encouraged children to question stereotypes.
Carting shopping bags out of the shop, one woman expressed support for the protest.
"I bought my daughter a dragon!" she said.