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Spirit of Louis XIV lives: Macron spent $30,000 on makeup services

Staff Writer | August 26, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron spent 26,000 euros ($30,000) - almost equal to the French people's average annual disposable income - on makeup services in his first three months in office.
Emmanuel Macron
France   The average household income is $29,759 a year
In France, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is $29,759 a year, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Elysee Palace paid a makeup artist once for 10,000 euros ($11,000) and then again for 16,000 euros ($19,000), for doing up the president for public appearances, French magazine Le Point reported.

A spokesman for the Elysee Palace announced on French television that the budget "will be reduced significantly," the report said.

Still, Macron spends "more or less" the same on makeup as his two predecessors did, it said, adding that Francois Hollande spent slightly more per quarter, while Nicolas Sarkozy spent slightly less.

Macron's approval rating dropped to 36 percent, a record low after the French president's first 100 days in office, according to a latest Ifop poll.