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A restaurant in France has come under fire over a mural of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

The artwork in question pictures the smiling founder of the defunct Medellín Cartel making a hand salute on a wall at Le Populo, an eatery located in Marseilles.

Andrea Petro, the daughter of Colombian President Gustavo Petro who lives in France, criticized the mural’s existence during a recent visit of the restaurant.

She posted an image of it on her Instagram Stories and asked that the controversial painting be taken down.

‘Out of respect for the Colombian community, we ask that this painting be removed, which for us is insulting and degrading,’ Andrea Petro’s caption read.

DailyMail.com reached out to Andrea Petro and Le Populo for comment. 

A mural of Pablo Escobar, the notorious founder of the Medellín Cartel, covers a wall at Le Populo, a restaurant in Marseilles, France. Andrea Petro, the daughter of Colombian President Gustavo Petro, slammed the restaurant over the painting on social media and called it ‘insulting and degrading’ to Colombians across the world

Andrea Petro says that a mural of Pablo Escobar at a restaurant in Marseilles, France is not representative of the Colombian community and has called for its immediate removal

Her call for actions comes after President Petro gave a speech at the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris in June and criticized the adulation that people in Colombia and across the world have bestowed upon Escobar following his death in December 1993.

‘Colombia is famous not only for Pablo Escobar, which should now cancel those types of projections on television that do not talk about us,’ he said. ‘Pablo Escobar is not the son of the Colombian people, he is the son of the Colombian oligarchy that generated and built him.’

Escobar has been portrayed in series like Netflix’s Narcos, ‘Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mar’ (Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord) which first aired on Colombian television network Caracol before it was picked up by Telemundo and several other series. 

Despite the president’s urging to keep narco-related shows off the screens, Caracol decided to re-air the series as part of its weeknight primetime programming.

Andrea Petro went on Instagram Stories this week to share the image of a Pablo Escobar mural at Le Populo, a restaurant in Marseilles, France, and wants the eatery to remove it. “Out of respect for the Colombian community, we ask that this painting be removed, which for us is insulting and degrading,” she wrote

Andrea Petro is the daughter of Colombian President Gustavo Petro. She currently resides in France 

Andrea Petro (front center) with her mother (second row left), father and Colombian President Gustavo Petro (second row right) and her family 

Known as the ‘King of Cocaine,’ Escobar built a fortune estimated at $30 billion.

He set up the first cocaine smuggling with shipments originating in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru and then smuggled into Colombia before they made their way to the United States.

At one point in the 1980s, the Medellín Cartel was smuggling an average of 70 to 80 tons of cocaine to the United States every month.

He dabbled with a role in Colombia politics and was elected to the Chamber of Representatives in 1982 as a member of the Liberal Party, but was forced to step down after Justice Minister, Rodrigo Lara, accused him of drug trafficking.

Escobar sought revenge with the assassination of Lara in a motorcycle drive-by-shooting in 1984. He then had presidential candidate Luis Galan murdered in 1989 after Galan’s campaign promise of extraditing to the United States.

By 1991, Escobar’s battle against authorities trying to shut down his illicit business had left 6,349 people dead. He reached an agreement to turn himself over to the authorities after President César Gaviria promised him that he would not be extradited. 

Escobar was imprisoned at La Catedral (The Cathedral), a jail he built for himself and henchmen, but escaped in 1992 when the government attempted to transfer to another prison.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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