01/13/2015 02:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How 'Je Suis Charlie' Was Hijacked by Opportunist Politicians


If a picture tells one thousand words, the photo opportunity at Sunday's massive march in Paris could very tell 1.5 million lies.

Lies and deceit to every one of the participants. And to the world who followed the event.

Heads of state appearing in what's little more than a well-staged photo have, in effect, hijacked the spontaneous act of repulsion against the senseless violence that shook France and horrified the civilized world in days past.

Days after the killings at Charlie Hebdo, all over France, Europe and elsewhere, people poured to the streets, brandishing pens, pencils and signs with three powerful words "Je Suis Charlie." Very soon after, however, opportunistic politicians decided to use the movement for their own self-serving needs, taking credit for Sunday's march at Place de la République.

As one can tell from the photo, they didn't even bother to be anywhere near the people of Paris -- although that's something which the average TV watcher would never know.

Simply take a look at the records of some of those who marched to see total contempt for the press is widespread. In fact, many of them should be facing criminal charges.

Daniel wickham (@DanielWickham93) gathered the list below.Here they are: 1) 2) 3) 4)

Here's the full list and records of the politicians who hijacked "Je Suis Charlie".