Macron's Makeup Bill Adds To His Popularity Problems

French President Emmanuel Macron's office says it won't spend as much on makeup after spending about $31,000 in a few months.
Posted at 9:03 AM, Aug 25, 2017

Maybe he's born with it. Maybe it's over $30,000 of taxpayer money.

French President Emmanuel Macron has been in office for three months, and Le Point magazine reports his personal makeup artist has charged the government around $31,000 during that time.

Macron's office says his makeup costs will be reduced in coming quarters. The pricey figure came as a "matter of urgency," which seems a bit insulting to Macron's complexion.

The revelation is unlikely to help the embattled president. His domestic approval has dropped over 30 points since taking office — in part because of unpopular budget cuts to the country's military.

Recent French presidents haven't skimped on their beauty regimens — Nicolas Sarkozy's makeup cost more than $28,000 per quarter, and François Hollande's cost over $35,000 every three months.