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Banksy takes street-art swipe at France on migrant crisis

The street artist Banksy has taken a swipe at French authorities for their handling of the migrant crisis in Calais, placing a drawing of the child featured on posters for the musical Les Misérables surrounded by tear gas.

Elusive street artist leaves scathing piece opposite French embassy in London

A passing cyclist snaps a photo of a new Banksy artwork opposite the French embassy in London on Monday. The graffiti artwork depicts the young girl logo from the musical Les Misérables, but with tears in her eyes as CS gas moves towards her, a criticism of the use of teargas in a French migrant camp in Calais. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

The street artist Banksy has taken a swipe at French authorities for their handling of the migrant crisis in Calais, placing a drawing of the child featured on posters for the musical Les Misérables surrounded by tear gas.

The elusive street artist placed the mural near the French Embassy in London.

A worker covers the Banksy artwork opposite the French Embassy in London on Monday. (Alastair Grant/Associated Press)

His publicist, Jo Brooks, confirmed Monday that the work was genuine.

The QR code below the Banksy artwork displayed opposite the French embassy in London. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

The work contains an interactive image that links to a video that shows police using tear gas in a Calais raid.

It's not the street artist's first criticism of France. Last month, he tried to underscore the potential of migrants by depicting the late Steve Jobs — whose biological father was from Syria — carrying a black garbage bag and an early model of the Macintosh computer. 

An earlier Banksy graffiti work at the entrance of the Calais refugee camp in France depicted late Apple guru Steve Jobs, whose biological father was from Syria, carrying a black garbage bag and an early model of the Macintosh computer. (Michel Spingler/Associated Press)

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