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Frenchman becomes web star in underpants

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Frenchman becomes web star in underpants
The shovel-wielding Frenchman turns on the cameraman. Photo: AFP
18:06 CET+01:00
A shovel-wielding Frenchman has become an unwitting star of the internet after social media users took the chance to edit a photo of him wearing his underwear.
The original pictures were taken in south western France after activists and some journalists were protesting about the poaching of finches in the town of Audon.
 
The protesters were on the scene destroying traps intended for a species of finch that has been protected since 1976, reported Le Parisien newspaper.
 
However, the group was met by local man with a shovel, who was wearing nothing more than a T-shirt and his underwear. 
 
An AFP photographer on the scene captured a few images of the man's violent shovel attack on the group, pictures which were then published widely across French media. 
 
 
The images, however, proved too tempting for French social media users, who were quick to photoshop the Frenchman into different scenes from film history and popular culture.
 
The Frenchman found himself in Star Wars, the Walking Dead, in sports events from around the world, and even at the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here's a selection of the images:
 
 
The story has since gone international, covered by  sites such as BuzzFeed America.
 
By Monday evening, the hashtag #SlipGate remained the top trend on Twitter in Paris. See more images here
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