Brigitte Macron keeps her golden locks looking good with the help of her husband’s official hairdresser, whose services to the presidential couple cost the French taxpayer a whopping €5,200 a month, a new report reveals.
The Court of Accounts provided the figure in its annual review of the Élysée budget, but the lavish spending on the couple’s hair and make-up has not caused the outcry it might have in Britain, where David Cameron’s outlay of £90 for a trim raised eyebrows when he was PM.
Instead French media focused on the fact that the first lady’s office cost the state €278,750 a year, lower than the annual €440,000 a year predicted by the government.
But commentators did note that the report lamented that it could not provide an exact figure because of imprecise accounting practices by the first lady’s office and that the total might well be more.
The handsomely paid hairdresser is required to be ready to jump in with his or her hairdryer and make-up kit “in the Élysée Palace and during visits”, according to the Court of Accounts, whose calculations make the total hair and make-up bill an annual €62,400.
The identity of the Elyséé coiffeur has not been made public, but his or her monthly €5,200 for tending to the presidential hair compares very favourably with France’s minimum salary of €1,498.
The lack of outrage at such seemingly high maintenance hair is all the more surprising given the extensive media coverage of Emmanuel Macron’s use of cosmetics last summer.
It emerged last August that he spent €26,000 on makeup during his first three months as president.
Le Point magazine reported then that his personal makeup artist – referred to only as Natacha M, who has since been replaced – put in two bills, one for €10,000 and another for €16,000.
It may seem like a stratospheric sum for a president who has described his style as “Jupiterian” – lofty in the spirit of the God of Roman gods.
But Le Point estimated the overall figure for make-up for Mr Macron’s predecessor, the Socialist François Holland, at €30,000 per quarter.
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