Paris residents were shocked earlier this week when a poster promoting the biopic "Diana" was spotted near the entrance of a tunnel where the Princess of Wales and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed were killed in a car crash in 1997.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that "[T]he placement of the poster caused an uproar in England over the weekend," a placement which the movie's French distributor Le Pacte called "an unfortunate coincidence." Over a thousand posters for the film were plastered all over Paris in preparation for the film's French debut on Wednesday.
"The poster [in question] was at the south exit of the Alma-Marceau station, just across from the Flame of Liberty which marks the tunnel's entrance," THR reported. "The gold-leafed statue has become the de facto memorial for the princess since her untimely death 16 years ago, and several bouquets of flowers could be seen there on Monday."
A spokesperson for Le Pacte told THR, "It was requested that the poster be removed Monday afternoon and we received confirmation that it had been removed Monday evening."
"Diana," starring Naomi Watts, received mostly negative reviews when it premiered in the UK in September. It's set to make its stateside debut November 1.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]