Macron spent R403 000 on makeup in three months

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD - Henry Sa­muel

EM­MANUEL Macron spent ß26 000 (R403 000) on makeup dur­ing his first three months as pres­i­dent of France, it has emerged.

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 ß10 000 and an­other for ß16 000.

The El­y­see Palace de­fended the high fee, say­ing: “We called in a con­trac­tor as a mat­ter of ur­gency.” The same makeup artist also ap­plied foun­da­tion to Macron dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Aides said that spend­ing on makeup would be “sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced”.

It may seem like a strato­spheric sum for a pres­i­dent who has de­scribed his style as “Jupiterian” – lofty in the spirit of the God of Ro­man gods.

The gross fig­ure is higher than the ß6 000 (R93 000) salary Hol­lande paid his staff makeup artist, but it is less when so­cial charges are added.

Le Point put the over­all fig­ure for Hol­lande’s makeup at ß30 000 (R465 000) per quar­ter.

Ni­co­las Sarkozy paid ß8 000 (R124 000) per month for his, ac­cord­ing to Van­ity Fair.

But all this pales in com­par­i­son with the £99 000 (R1.5-mil­lion) Hol­lande paid his per­sonal bar­ber, spark­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of “shampoo socialism”.

The dis­clo­sure caused shock be­cause Hol­lande came to power on a left-wing plat­form, promis­ing to be a “nor­mal pres­i­dent” who would mark a break with the “ex­trav­a­gance” of his con­ser­va­tive pre­de­ces­sor, Sarkozy, and his wife, Carla Bruni.

The hair­dresser, Olivier Ben­hamou, was hired to work at the Elysée Palace in 2012 for the du­ra­tion of Hol­lande’s five-year term. He also re­port­edly en­joyed a hous­ing al­lowance and fam­ily ben­e­fits. – The Tele­graph

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