By Sarah-Maude Lefebvre ,QMI Agency First posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 02:10 PM EDT | Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014 04:44 PM EDT
MONTREAL — A Parti Quebecois candidate quit the campaign Thursday after sharing a photo of a topless woman giving the finger accompanied by the words "F--K ISLAM."
Jean Carriere, who had been running in a Montreal riding, also raised eyebrows with Facebook posts supporting an ethnic nationalist politician from France named Marine Le Pen.
The anti-Islam photo was posted on Carriere's personal Facebook page on Jan. 26 and a post that read "Vive Le Pen" appeared on Jan. 4.
PQ spokeswoman Antonine Yaccarini said Carriere withdrew his candidacy on Thursday and the party accepted it.
In a message posted on his Facebook page on Thursday, Carriere accused the media of creating the controversy.
"I would also like to thank the excellent work of the media who attack youth who want to serve their nation," he said. "What's the point of all this? To say that you had a good day's work, that the truth came out?"
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