France is reeling over the news that French President Francois Hollande's office is paying almost 10,000 euros a month for a full time barber to cut his hair.
A hairstylist that costs almost 10,000 euros a month, because Francois Hollande is worth it. France is reeling over news that the president’s coiffure comes with a rather steep price tag.
The revelations came in the satirical newspaper Canard Enchaîné.
His party has struggled to defend their leader from accusations of shampoo socialism.
Socialist party MP René Dosière said: “When the president of the Republic appears on TV, he must look perfect… the same thing in public. We can surely do otherwise so that the president is well groomed for a better price.”
News of a round-the-clock stylist has done little to improve his flagging poll ratings. Some say it smacks of hypocrisy from a president who carved an image of himself as ‘Mr Normal’ in response to predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘bling bling’ presidential style.
It has sparked an internet backlash and many photoshop efforts under the Twitter hashtag #Coiffeurgate.
— Florence Amphoux (@florenceamphoux) July 13, 2016
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Some said it wasn’t worth it.
— Henrik Josefsson (@hjsfn) July 13, 2016
While others called for budget cuts over hair cuts.
— Aurélien Véron (@aurelien_veron) July 13, 2016