See the ultra-goofy François Hollande photo that provoked web glee, unsuccessful attempts at suppression

By on September 6, 2013

An unflattering picture of French president François Hollande has provoked an internet storm in France after being leaked and shared on Twitter.

In the image — which the main French news agency AFP attempted to withdraw from circulation — the French president grins in front of a blackboard on which is written: “Today, it’s back to school.”

The photograph was taken on Tuesday during Mr. Hollande’s visit to a school in Denain, northern France, to coincide with the start of term for hundreds of thousands of French pupils. It appears he was pulling a funny face to make the pupils laugh.

The original image came with the caption: “During a visit to the school Denain Michelet, September 3, 2013, Francois Hollande smiles, chairing a panel discussion on the reform of school timetables established by the government.”

AFP initially posted the picture on its website as available for downloading but later issued a “mandatory kill” notice, meaning the photo must not be used.

Despite the ban, the image quickly hit social media sites and provoked a flurry of comments. One wrote: “Here is the new official photo of Francois Hollande. Please put up in all town halls!”

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  • Thomas

    He looks like a FROG!! Amphibious POS!!

  • Cody Bateman | LeaderSpeak

    “Oh, gosh. I sure hope no one heard me.”

  • pammylou

    He has that happy baby smile.I have seen it on the sports “heros”and other bottom feeders who they show us as successful role models
    Small Group Dynamics does that to people too.He looks 100% Brainwashed,and high on prescription “meds”!
    *Many of the “leaders”are awake for days on Provigil (in the military the drug is called Modafinol)because they are soooooo important that if they fall asleep the scams that they have going might fall apart! They say those drugs have no adverse side effects!