Macron criticised for spending £8,000 monthly on make-up

The French president claims an attractive public image is essential

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Macron's spending on make up revealed

French President Emmanuel Macron is facing criticism after it emerged that he has spent £8,000 of taxpayers' money on make-up every month since he was elected.

The 39-year-old, who was a prize-winning actor as a student, has signed off all the bills, saying an attractive public image is essential.

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But critics said it all pointed to a vain head of state who was spending excessively "to hide his real face".

Mr Macron, the youngest president of France since Napoleon, is using a make-up artist known only as Natacha M.

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She gets to work before every public appearance, whether in a TV studio or at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

Le Point news magazine reported that she had already put in two separate bills, one for the equivalent of £9,000, the other for £15,000.

A spokesman for the president said: "We called in a contractor in as a matter of urgency."

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The spokesman added that Natacha M had also assisted Mr Macron during his presidential campaign.

Mr Macron has always used his boyish image to his advantage, despite his wife Brigitte Macron being 25 years older.

She was his drama teacher at school before the two embarked on a passionate affair while she was married to someone else.

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Mrs Macron was her husband's high school drama teacher

The pair now like to be pictured out cycling, or acting like a pair of youngsters who are happiest at their beachside home in Le Touquet, northern France, or in a holiday villa in Marseille.

Mr Macron's party is called En Marche! (On the Move!), but is more commonly known as EM! as these are the same initials as Mr Macron's.

A member of the opposition conservative Republicans party said it all added up to a "hyper-vain president".

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The source said: "He thinks nothing of spending thousands on himself, at a time when he is just about to start cutting jobs. It seems that he just wants to hide his real face. It would be interesting to see what the first lady Brigitte is spending on make-up too."

Mr Macron's aides meanwhile insisted that the make-up bill would now be reduced, and pointed to the fact that his predecessors also spent a great deal on their personal image.

Former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy spent more than £7,000 a month on make-up, while the almost bald Socialist Francois Hollande gave £9,000 a month to his barber.


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