Being the French President can’t be easy. Not only do you have a country to lead, but you’re under so much pressure to look cool before a fawning media. Emmanuel Macron has only been president for three months but, The Telegraph reports, he’s already spent more than $30,000 on…makeup.
In potentially damaging news for the 39-year old centrist leader, whose popularity is waning, Le Point reported that his personal makeup artist – referred to only as Natacha M – put in two bills, one for €10,000 and another for €16,000.
The Elysee Palace defended the high fee saying: “We called in a contracter (sic) as a matter of urgency”. The same makeup artist also applied foundation to Mr Macron during his presidential campaign. Aides said that spending on makeup would be “significantly reduced”.
The piece went on to compare the cost to Macron’s predecessor, Francois Hollande.
The gross figure is higher than the €6,000 euro salary Mr Hollande paid his staff makeup artist, but it is less when social charges are added. Le Point put the overall figure for Mr Hollande’s makeup at €30,000 per quarter.
(Note, that is roughly $36,000 US). The balding Hollande, The Telegraph reported, also spent nearly $128,000 on his personal barber, “spark(ing) accusations of ‘shampoo socialism.'” One can’t help but wonder what Trump spends on that hair situation he’s got going on.
As Jon Gabriel at Ricochet pointed out, Macron was named Sexiest G7 leader, but “Maybe he wasn’t born with it … maybe it’s Maybelline.”