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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.

Macron's Makeup Bill Adds To His Popularity Problems
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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.

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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.