A 60-year-old who had his leg amputated after he was attacked was shocked when he saw an image of his leg on a cigarette packet, he claims.
The Sun reports that the Albanian man made the discovery when his son bought a packet of rolling tobacco in Luxembourg last year.
The picture of his amputation is displayed on EU cigarette packets above the message: “Smoking clogs your arteries”.
According to France Bleu, his son recognised his scars and burns on the picture and showed it to his dad.
The man, who has not been named, says he didn’t lose his leg as a result of smoking, he had been shot in Albania in 1997 before he moved to France.
His lawyer Antoine Fittante, told BBC: “It’s rather incredible that a person finds themselves without their agreement on cigarette packets throughout the European Union.”
He believes that the photo of him was taken at a hospital in the city of Metz in France in 2018 when he had gone to see if he could be fitted with a prosthetic leg.
“My client feels betrayed, wounded in his dignity, by seeing his disability displayed on cigarette packets in tobacconists; one must admit that’s not very pleasant.”
The European Commission, which is responsible for the distribution of such images, says the man is mistaken.
Le Parisien newspaper also poured doubt over the man’s claim, saying the image appears in EU image database from 2014.