The picture of “Emmanuel Macron boxer” arouses perplexity | EUROtoday

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The senator from Côte-d'Or François Patriat first believed in a “Russian thing”. Friday March 22, the picture, taken by presidential photographer Soazig de La Moissonnière, immortalizing Emmanuel Macron, jaw clenched, in the midst of a boxing coaching session, has already been circulating on social networks for 24 hours. The embarrassment, the taunts and the circumspect glances on the measurement of the presidential arm on this staging of an outdated virility displaying the top of state, in black and white, working laborious on a punching bag, flood the material.

The picture is making folks discuss even in European capitals. François Patriat himself has doubts. “I squeezed his bicep on Wednesday evening to kiss him, he’s not that big! “, wonders the loyalist of the head of state. And yet yes, we swear at the Elysée, certifying that the photo, like all those published on Instagram on the account of Soazig de La Moissonnière, has not been retouched.

The photo, taken from the gym installed at La Lanterne, the Versailles residence where Emmanuel Macron and his wife like to spend their weekends, is part of a string of “scenes of life”, they are saying on the Elysée, imagined to exhibit the Head of State's love for sport. Four months earlier than the Olympic Games, the 46-year-old president needs to gasoline the picture of a “sporting nation”we insist on the Palace.

Response to the Kremlin

Emmanuel Macron, who has been training in this combat sport for two years – a common hobby with his former prime minister Edouard Philippe and the former government spokesperson, Olivier Véran – is said to have even developed muscularity. significant. “The weekend is 100% sport”assures a relative of the tenant of the Elysée who says he noticed, a bit admiringly, that the “old costumes” Of the president “squeezed him a little”.

After the shock, many Western capitals preferred to see, in this photo, a response to the destabilization campaign led vigorously by the Kremlin. Since the French president mentioned, on February 26, the possible sending of “troops” in Ukraine, to support kyiv against the Russian army, the head of state is the subject of personal attacks from “Russian trolls” amplified by the tweets of Dmitri Medvedev.

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