Le Monde has issued an apology over its cover after facing a barrage of accusations of ‘comparing’ President Emmanuel Macron to Adolf Hitler. The magazine insisted that it “obviously” had no such parallel in mind.

The controversial image featured on the cover of the M le magazine du Monde, issued on Saturday. It contains a photo collage of Macron and the Yellow Vest protesters on the Champs Elysees.

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The image and its art style have definitely caught the eye of readers, with the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand suggesting that they might have invoked certain parallels.

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Richard Ferrand@RichardFerrand

Hâte de comprendre ce qui fonde les références graphiques et iconographiques du ⁦@lemonde_M⁩ S’il ne peut s’agir de hasard, de quoi s’agit-il alors ? À la recherche du sens perdu…2,1945:34 PM – Dec 29, 20182,373 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

The magazine’s readers have compared the cover to an illustration featuring a collage of Adolf Hitler and crowds saluting him. The two images do share a similar art style. The Hitler image was made by illustrator Lincoln Agnew, and was featured in an article by Harper’s Magazine back in July 2017.

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FluctuatNecMergitur  @funfrenchyReplying to @lemondefr

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Votre “Une” fait surtout référence a cette photo.
C’est très gênant pour des journalistes comme vous de tomber aussi bas et de jouer a ce jeu très dangereux de comparaison. #LeMonde1,0199:55 PM – Dec 29, 2018698 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Many users, however, mocked those who were “offended” by the “comparison,” noting it was quite peculiar that Hitler was the first person who came to their minds.

The cover of the magazine might actually have compared Macron to the Communism ideologist Karl Marx, the jokers suggested.View image on Twitter

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Le Bouseux Magazine@LeBouseuxMag

Pas cool #LeMonde de comparer Macron à Karl Marx.37012:49 AM – Dec 30, 2018147 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Or the Bolshevik leader, Vladimir Lenin.View image on Twitter

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Gilles WIDAWSKI@Gilles_widawskiReplying to @lemondefr

Ah bon, pourtant étonnamment beaucoup ont pensé à un autre parallèle!549:24 PM – Dec 29, 201818 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Or maybe even to a particular giant lizard, hell-bent on destruction.View image on Twitter

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Julien Joly@Julien_J0lyReplying to @Julien_J0ly

Nous vivons dans un monde d’images, de références graphiques, de symboles que nous comprenons tous à notre sauce. Et le rouge, blanc et noir, c’est très efficace visuellement. Je suis à peu près certain que @lemondefr n’a jamais voulu assimiler Macron à Godzilla, et pourtant…90611:54 PM – Dec 29, 2018423 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Le Monde issued an apology for the disturbance that the cover has caused, but it rejected suggestions that had intended to compare Macron to the Nazi leader.

“We apologize to those who have been shocked by the graphic design which obviously does not correspond to the reproaches forwarded to us,” M le magazine du Monde’s director, Luc Bronner, explained in an editorial note.

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The image was influenced by Russian constructivism style, Bronner stated, pointing out that a number of earlier issues of the magazine featured covers of a similar style. Some of them were even made by the same illustrator, who produced the Hitler collage.

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Luc Bronner@lucbronnerReplying to @lucbronner

Voici une série d’exemples de l’utilisation de ces références graphiques rouges et noires dans d’anciennes publications de M le magazine du Monde

Viva la
gilets jaunes  !!
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