A French illustrator's poignant peace sign after the Paris terror attacks has been shared widely on social media.

Graphic designer Jean Jullien, who's been featured in The New Yorker, told The Telegraph that it was his "most direct reaction."

"It was just my way of sharing my reaction, of sharing a need for peace and solidarity in the face of such a disaster," he said.

The image spread further after it was appropriated by a popular fake Twitter account commonly mistaken as the shadowy English-based artist Banksy.

But regardless of the messenger, the drawing has clearly resonated with thousands of people mourning the victims of the attacks.

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