Twitter and Instagram users were left swooning over a new bunch of images of French President Emmanuel Macron posted yesterday.
Macron is currently in a battle to woo voters as part of his re-election campaign. His main rival is the far-right politician, Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Rally party.
Macron’s official photographer posted a collection of “behind-the-scenes” images of the President on the campaign trail. You can swipe through them below.
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One pic shows Macron relaxed, sitting on a sofa, with his shirt unbuttoned. He has a noticeably hairy chest.
British writer Marie Le Conte was among those to pick up on the image and share it on Twitter, saying, “A very good afternoon to Emmanuel Macron’s official photographer, who has, apparently, as of today, taken to just posting thirst traps of the president of France on Instagram.”
a very good afternoon to Emmanuel Macron’s official photographer, who has, apparently, as of today, taken to just posting thirst traps of the president of France on Instagram https://t.co/3pRD0esp9C pic.twitter.com/3FVYjqdNsS
— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) April 17, 2022
Many were surprised by Macron’s hairiness.
That cannot be his real chest hair. I’m becoming a macron chest hair truther.
— Lord Canceller 📈🥑 (@OnTheWoolsack) April 17, 2022
I’m taken aback by the hairiness of his chest
— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) April 17, 2022
Meh, he’s no Justin Trudeau
— Liam McCafferty (@lemonycuppatea) April 17, 2022
Is he carrying a small bush baby in his shirt? pic.twitter.com/LxMsmtxtUY
— 💙 WPJIDOUBLECR (@WPJIDOUBLECR) April 17, 2022
He’s giving the people what they want
— Duncan (@Dunkiecan) April 17, 2022
One worried British Twitter user said they hoped Boris Johnson didn’t get any ideas.
Just hoping they don’t start posting pictures of Johnson posting like this.
— Matthew Taylor 🔶 🇪🇺 🇺🇦 (@mat8iou) April 17, 2022
The relaxed images of Macron hard at work may be an attempt to appeal to younger voters. Surprisingly, the bulk of his support comes from the over-60s. Younger age groups have voiced more support for far-right candidate, Le Pen, with observers saying the country’s cost-of-living crisis has had an impact on France’s traditionally social liberal attitudes.
The run-off election takes place on April 24.