La Redoute wants to know why the naked man was not spotted before publication
A French fashion retailer has apologised for a photo in which a naked man appeared behind a group of children advertising beachwear - but the image has gone viral on the internet.
In a tweet La Redoute said that it "apologises for the photo published on its site and is doing what's necessary to remove it".
The nudist has not been identified.
In one of the spoof images the face of the disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was pasted onto the naked man.
La Redoute is one of France's biggest mail-order retailers.
A spokeswoman for La Redoute, quoted by the AFP news agency, said an internal inquiry had been launched to determine how the error had happened.
Some tweeters remarked that the "bad buzz" surrounding the photo was actually useful publicity for La Redoute.
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