Goofy Photo of France’s Hollande Causes Kerfuffle

Image was retracted by news agencies making pic go viral online

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Two news agencies are under fire after pulling an unflattering photo of French President François Hollande.

Reuters and Agence France-Presse are taking flak from internet commenters after removing the photo of Hollande, who was caught wearing a dopey smile while visiting a French school on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. The news agencies published the photograph and then withdrew it, causing the photo to go viral on Facebook and Twitter.

Both news agencies insist that they were not pressured by the French government to remove the photograph, despite accusations of censorship.

The photo kerfuffle comes as the French President is navigating French intervention in the crisis in Syria.

[The Guardian]

32 comments
Angela Harold Parker
Angela Harold Parker

that is dumb ,,,it shows he is normal like everyone else,,,don't take it down,,,he should laugh at it and not care what others think,,it is cute

Calvin Young
Calvin Young

Allez!! Laissez-moi seul, Je ne suis pas Mr. Bean. :)

Christian DeLuca
Christian DeLuca

Do these "journalist" get paid by the story? Is that why there is so much crap being pawned off as news?

Mark Abi Skh
Mark Abi Skh

is it a new threatening of using nuclear weapon in Syria hidden by the warning of Putin that there s a nuclear center in Damascus ? did Putin maintain the use of chemical weapon there ? is it a signal of him to use this weapon ?

DindaDL
DindaDL

@KeziaAlaia Kez, LINE dan SMS sudah kau baca, belum? Hari ini terakhir, ya. Trims.

Lisa Mortini
Lisa Mortini

Oh come on, if you take 20 million photos of someone, you're bound to capture a goofy expression or two... We are not expressionless robots! That said, funny pic!

Digit Love
Digit Love

nah, Silvio Berlusconi is class when it comes to boufon

Ilker Nedimoglu
Ilker Nedimoglu

First Sarkozy, now this guy. Even Mr. Bean looks more presidential than these two clowns.

Oliver Gertrude Ederhof
Oliver Gertrude Ederhof

Did you just use the word 'Kerfuffle', Charlotte? Did I just see that? Guess who's under fire now... ^^

Pablo Hernandez
Pablo Hernandez

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Alison Rezabek
Alison Rezabek

Ha -- c'est la folie mais c'est pas mal comme photo...

John Saleh Price
John Saleh Price

People need a sense of humour - this photo shows Hollande's quirky side. It's typical that they want to ban this photo but not those topless photos of David Cameron...!

Simo Ou
Simo Ou

this guy is a joke...

Paul Berg
Paul Berg

I would like to work as an intern for TIME. Let me in!

Ka Dg
Ka Dg

I uploaded it as my profile picture. I hope I won't be undrer fire :)))

JohnForsthoffer
JohnForsthoffer

So being goofy is frowned upon in France? Intriguing article none the less. 

KeziaAlaia
KeziaAlaia

@DindaDL udah kakk, bentar ya aku ngelarin nametag angkatan dulu abis itu lgsg aku fotoo/send :-))