On Thursday, Le Point magazine reported that French President, Emmanuel Macron spent €26,000 on makeup in his first three months as leader of the country.
According to the report, 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.
In response to the article, the Elysée Palace said, ‘we called in a contractor as a matter of urgency. Spending on makeup would be “significantly reduced” in future’.
The magazine also reported that the amount spent is less than what Macron’s predecessors spent on makeup during the same 3-month period. His predecessor, François Hollande, spent €30,000 per quarter on makeup, including the salary of a makeup artist. In addition, Hollande paid his hairdresser a gross salary of €9,895 a month.
Nicolas Sarkozy spent slightly less on his makeup than Macron €8,000 a month. The news comes as Macron’s popularity is falling, according to opinion polls. Only 37 percent of voters approve of the job Macron is doing.