French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles has been criticised as âdisgustingâ for putting Bertrand Cantat, the singer convicted of murdering his girlfriend, on its front cover.
Cantat was found guilty of murdering actor Marie Trintignant in 2003 and served four years of an eight-year jail sentence. The court was told he hit Trintignant repeatedly in the head and waited for several hours before calling emergency services. She died in hospital.
Cantat was released on parole in 2007 and is currently promoting a new album.
The decision by Inrockuptibles to make Cantat its cover star drew criticism online, with Twitter users quick to condemn the move.
Franceâs Elle magazine responded with an editorial titled âAu nom de Marieâ (In the name of Marie).
In the editorial, the magazine said, âMarie Trintignant died under the blows of Bertrand Cantat. Today she is a symbol â¦ her face has become that of all the female victims of the violence of men. The face of the 123 women killed by their spouse last year.â
The editorial went on to commend women who have spoken out against their attackers, saying Trintignant represented âthe women harassed or assaulted â 216,000 complaints filed in 2016â, as well as those who had come out against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Les Inrockuptibles responded to criticism in a letter to its readers on Tuesday. The magazine acknowledged the timing of the cover, which was released as the Weinstein case was exploding, was inopportune, adding: âThe suffering that this cover may have caused deeply touched us.â
It went on: âTo put him on the cover was questionable. To those who felt wounded, we express our sincere regrets.â
The issue of sexual violence and harassment has been making headlines in France following the Weinstein scandal.
On Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron said he would be stripping Weinstein of the prestigious LÃ©gion DâHonneur award.
On Monday, Franceâs gender equality minister MarlÃ¨ne Schiappa announced plans for new laws aimed at cracking down on sexual violence and harassment. The proposed laws include on-the-spot fines for catcalling and lecherous behaviour in public.
On Twitter, French speakers have been sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and violence under the hashtag #balancetonporc, meaning âexpose your pigâ. The first lady, Brigitte Macron, praised women for âbreaking the silenceâ.