French supermarket chain Auchan has apologised after its sales brochure featured a black plastic toy gun, resembling an AK47 assault rifle and featuring a crescent moon and star, symbols that are generally associate with Islam.

Spotted by French news magazine Nouvel Observateur, the toy features on a brochure of cut-price objects available at the stores in later September.

The news caused some consternation in France, which has joined an international coalition against the Islamic State group (IS) in Iraq, whose fighters are often seen weilding AK47 rifles.

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