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Paris Diana film poster removed after UK outcry

Diana poster, near Alma Tunnel, where Princess Diana died.
Diana poster, near Alma Tunnel, where Princess Diana died. Reuters/Charles Platiau

The French distributors of "Diana" removed a poster for the film from the site where she died on Monday, after an outcry in some British newspapers.

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The Princess of Wales died in 1997 near the entrance to the Pont de l'Alma tunnel.

The walls of the bridge over the tunnel, as well as an unrelated nearby landmark of a golden flame, have since become unofficial shrines to the Princess of Wales, where admirers scrawl or pin messages of mourning.

"We asked for the removal of this poster after controversy in the British media," a source at distributors Le Pacte said.

He added that the poster was only one of about 1,000 put up in Paris to promote the film, which premieres in France on Wednesday.

Several British newspapers criticised French promoters for putting up the poster at the site, with the Daily Mail quoting a friend of the princess, Rosa Monckton, blasting the move as "despicable and crass".

The Daily Star described the placement of the poster as "Di-abolical" and "heartless".

"Diana", starring Naomi Watts, received a critical mauling when it premiered in London last month.

The film purports to tell the story of Diana's romance with UK-based Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and their driver were killed after their car crashed into a pillar in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel while being pursued by photographers.

 

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