12/01/2015 08:40 GMT | Updated 12/01/2015 08:59 GMT

Paris March 'Photo Op' Leads To Criticism Of World Leaders' Support For Charlie Hebdo Tribute

Front from the left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Council President Donald Tusk and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, process arm-in-arm in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Thousands of people began filling France’s iconic Republique plaza, and world leaders converged on Paris in a rally of defiance and sorrow on Sunday to honor the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed that left France on alert for more violence. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Heads of state including David Cameron, Benjamin Netanyahu and François Hollande have been criticised for what some believe is a misleading photo opportunity.

The world leaders were pictured supposedly at the forefront of a march of one million people on the streets of Paris, protesting the actions of Islamist militants who slaughtered 20 in a spree lasting three days.

A photo has emerged which suggests the politicians were in a heavily guarded street which was closed to the public, prompting critics to accuse them of abusing the situation.

Politicians fought to be at the front of the picture, which many said showed them heroically "leading" the marches.

Critics suggest the government figures were misleading the public and it was all just a "photo op".

But it wasn't a secret that the road was closed for the politicians to march.

With 50 high profile political figures marching through a city where the terror threat level is at the highest possible, you'd expect at least some protection.

The historic demonstration was dubbed the largest France has ever seen, with a reported three million in attendance at marches across the country.

Some of the political big names who took part were British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.