The French president Emmanuel Macron spent €26,000 (£24,000) on makeup during his first three months as president of France, it has emerged.
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.
“Macron’s personal makeup artist put in two claims for payment, one for €10,000 and another for €16,000, for doing his makeup during his travels and ahead of press conferences.
According to the Elysee Palace , said the high fee saying: “We called in a contracter 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”.
Elysée official told journalists. The official admitted the bill was “high … but less than his predecessor’s”.
Macron, nicknamed Jupiter after the all-powerful Roman god, is not the first French president to pay handsomely for keeping up appearances.
Theguardian report that,His predecessor, the Socialist François Hollande, was accused of “shampoo socialism” after reportedly forking out €30,000 for makeup, topped off with a monthly €9,895 bill for a personal barber to cut and dry his thinning hair, according to the satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchainé. The Elysée justified the cost by saying the hairdresser had to “get up early and fix the president’s hair every morning … and as many times during the day as necessary”.
While Nicolas Sarkozy, spent €8,000 a month on having his face done.
The hairdresser, Olivier Benhamou, was hired to work at the Elysée Palace in 2012 for the duration of Mr Hollande’s five-year term. Mr Benhamou also reportedly enjoyed a housing allowance and family benefits
former employee of the British embassy in Paris claimed UK ministers and even the PM “would joke about how orange-tinted their French colleagues looked during bilateral meetings”.
They would say “French politicians all look like film stars … where is the stress and the fatigue?” he wrote.