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French President Emmanuel Macron's big makeup bill prompts criticism

French President Emmanuel Macron's big makeup bill prompts criticism

Emmanuel Macron might be the youngest ever president in French history, but that doesn't mean he's above using professional help to keep up appearances.

Local makeup artist Natacha M. submitted invoices totaling 26,000 euros to the general secretariat of the presidency covering her services to Macron for the period, according to a report in Le Point, a weekly magazine covering politics and news.

French President Emmanuel Macron spent NZ$42,500 on makeup during his first three months in power.

The fuss comes just over a year after Macron's predecessor, Francois Hollande, was pilloried by his opponents for paying a personal hairdresser 10,000 euros a month.

The Elysée Palace said in response: "We called in a contractor as a matter of urgency".

These accumulated costs, confirmed by the president's office Friday, included paying a freelance makeup artist to accompany Macros to various television appearances and on trips overseas, The Associated Press reported.

Macron is not the first French politician to spend money on presenting a blemish-free visage.

Former President François Hollande was accused of "shampoo socialism" - shelling out 30,000 euros for makeup per quarter, along with a monthly bill of 9,895 euros for a personal barber, Le Canard Enchainé reported. Only 37 percent of voters approve of the job Macron is doing, down from a high of 57 percent after his election in May.

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