Nicolas Sarkozy sparked mirth from Twitter users following the Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris after he appeared to squeeze his way to the front row of the procession.
Despite the sombre nature of the march, which was to show defiance in the face of terrorism after Muslim extremists shot satirical cartoonists and people shopping in a kosher deli, social-media users could not help but poke fun at the ego the former president showed on Sunday’s march.
It sparked the hashtag #JeSuisNico, in which people Photoshopped Sarkozy's face into different situations.
And he really did the rounds.
Luckily, eagle-eyed Twitter users also spotted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doing the very same thing, squeezing in next to Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
For anyone who missed it, here's Netanyahu's shameless shimmy to the front of yesterday's march in Paris pic.twitter.com/jzm3OX57SpJames Ingram (@IngyIngram) January 12, 2015
The leaders' procession came under fire from some after an aerial photograph emerged, and critics suggested that the march was used as a handy PR opportunity.
Confirming the importance of political presence at the rally, the White House press secretary John Earnest said that the United States "should have sent someone with a higher profile".Reuse content