French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles has been criticised as “disgusting” for putting Bertrand Cantat, the singer convicted of murdering his girlfriend, on its front cover.
Cantat was found guilty of murdering actor Marie Trintignant in 2003 and served four years of an eight-year jail sentence. The court was told he hit Trintignant repeatedly in the head and waited for several hours before calling emergency services. She died in hospital.
Cantat was released on parole in 2007 and is currently promoting a new album.
The decision by Inrockuptibles to make Cantat its cover star drew criticism online, with Twitter users quick to condemn the move.
France’s Elle magazine responded with an editorial titled “Au nom de Marie” (In the name of Marie).
In the editorial, the magazine said, “Marie Trintignant died under the blows of Bertrand Cantat. Today she is a symbol … her face has become that of all the female victims of the violence of men. The face of the 123 women killed by their spouse last year.”
The editorial went on to commend women who have spoken out against their attackers, saying Trintignant represented “the women harassed or assaulted – 216,000 complaints filed in 2016”, as well as those who had come out against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey…