French Soldier’s Skeleton Scarf Goes Viral, Military Launches Investigation

The photo is quite striking, to be sure. Agence France…

The photo is quite striking, to be sure.

Agence France Press photographer Issouf Sanogo writes that when he was with French soldiers in central Mali on Sunday, “a helicopter was coming in to land and churning up tremendous dust clouds. Instinctively, all the soldiers grabbed their scarfs to avoid getting a mouthful of sand.”

Sanogo started taking pictures.

“I spotted this soldier wearing a strange scarf,” he adds on AFP’s Behind The News blog. “At the time, nothing about the scene seemed especially unusual or shocking. The soldier wasn’t posing and there was nothing staged about the image.”

But later, when the photo was distributed to news outlets around the world and started to go viral, the grinning skeleton image on that scarf didn’t sit well with French military officials. It’s too much like something from Call of Duty for them.

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  • Freddie Mac

    I’ve got the same exact head covering/scarf. Tell the Frenchy .mil leaders to chill out, war is hell.