Death mask French soldier 'unacceptable'

2013-01-22 07:39

Paris - The French army regards a photograph of one of its soldiers in Mali shown posing in a skeleton mask as "unacceptable" behaviour, a military spokesperson said on Monday.

"This is unacceptable behaviour," Colonel Thierry Burkhard told a press conference.

The image, which has spread widely on the internet, was "not representative of the action that brought France to Mali to help" or of that which soldiers carried out "putting their lives in peril", Burkhard said.

Taken by AFP photographer Issouf Sanogo, the photograph shows a soldier at Niono, in central Mali, hiding his face from desert sand using a scarf that resembles a death mask. It is reminiscent of a character in the popular combat video game Call of Duty.

The army was working to identify the soldier, Burkhard said.

  • john.parkerwood.9 - 2013-01-22 08:50

    *yawn* these guys face death all the time. They develop a darker brand of humour. Civilians don't, and can't understand really...and they never will.

  • greg.saunders.77 - 2013-01-22 15:30

    This world has to get its priorities Straight! People are dieing and every one is complaining about the actions of a lone soldier! WTF

  • Felipe Ranieri - 2013-04-08 10:27

    "Unacceptable", really? How about war? Is it really acceptable? - well I guess for basically when there's a common sense of who is killing and who is getting kill - which doesn't *really* sounds even "fair" or "acceptable", and it goes even further: inhumane if I may. These guys are having a very tough job, standing against grenades, all sorts of heavy caliber weapons being shoot at them. A job that certainly most of you wouldn't quite accept - let him have his mask.

  • AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-04-08 10:30

    What do you want a dinner suite ?

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