Macron spent R403 000 on makeup in three months
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