Francois Hollande's absurd salary to hairdresser has French social media laughing
Le Canard Enchaine triggered the fuss with a report, later confirmed by the government, that Hollande paid his hairdresser nearly 10,000 euros a month.
French social media was abuzz with suggestions of novel haircuts for Francois Hollande on Wednesday after it emerged that the French president's receding hairline was maintained by a costly, round-the-clock hairdresser.
Satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine triggered the fuss with a report, later confirmed by the government, that the 61-year-old was paying nearly 10,000 euros a month to keep his hair in shape.
"Everyone gets haircuts," government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said. "This hairdresser had to abandon his salon and he's on tap 24 hours a day."
le Foll confirmed the report that Hollande's hairdresser was paid 9,985 euros ($11,066) per month, but stressed that the operational budget of the presidential Elysee Palace was cut by 15 to 20 percent after Hollande took over from Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012.
Twitter fans made fun of it all with altered photographs and videos, showing Hollande with rock-and-roll or punk haircuts, and in various other guises as the Queen of England, former Paris Saint-Germain soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the president's ex-partner Valerie Trierweiler.
— Pieral (@pieraleska) July 13, 2016
— Nico Sama (@Nico_Sama) July 12, 2016
— Clive (@CliveTwo) July 13, 2016
After finding out that French President Hollande's hairdresser earns R160k PER MONTH, we must be thankful that President Zuma is bald 😂
— South African Heroes (@SA_Heroes) July 13, 2016
With inputs from Reuters
The incumbent has started to close the gap on Hollande in opinion polls since launching his campaign last week but still faces an uphill struggle to win a second term.
The survey by pollster Viavoice for left-leaning daily Liberation said that 74 percent of those asked said they had already made up their minds up about the conservative leader.