French magazine Le Point has revealed that France's 39-year-old new president has spent 26,000 euros on makeup services in his first three months in office.
Can you guess how much the French President Emmanuel Macron spends to maintain his charming face? Well! a French magazine Le Point has revealed that France’s 39-year-old new president has spent 26,000 euros on makeup services in his first three months in office – on an average USD 10,000 a month. It is believed that the taxpayers had to bear all his expenses. The Elysee Palace paid a makeup artist, identified as Natacha M., on two occasions: once for 10,000 euros, and then again for 16,000 euros, Le Point reported. It said the fee was apparently paid for the president’s makeup and styling for news conferences, public appearances, and various travels. Soon after the news broke, a spokesman for the Elysee said the budget “will be reduced significantly.” After which the spokesman received sharp criticism.
The latest expose was compared to the revelations from the administration of former French president Francois Hollande, which paid about $11,000 a month on the president’s haircuts, as per The Washington Post. When compared, it is seen Macron actually spends more or less the same on makeup than his last two predecessors.
The French people were reportedly furious as the average disposable annual income per capita is roughly 25,000 euros. That is slightly less than Macron’s makeup expenditure.
Recently, Macron’s Elysee was forced to back down from plans to give his wife Brigitte Macron a formal, paid role, after a public backlash which threatened to undermine his broader agenda of change and modernization, as per Reuters. In a statement, the presidency said Brigitte Macron would carry out “certain tasks” on behalf of the state, but would not get a salary, budget or separate office, instead working out of the Elysee Palace. More than 220,000 people signed a petition against the initial plans for her position, accusing President Macron of nepotism. Unlike the US First Lady, the wife of the French president does not have a formal role.