Emmanuel Macron tries to woo young voters with unbuttoned shirt photo

It’s getting hairy! EmMANuel Macron tries to woo younger voters in French presidential race with a series of behind-the-scenes photos including one in unbuttoned shirt showing off his chest ahead of next week’s election against Marine Le Pen

  • Emmanuel Macron’s official photographer released behind-the-scenes images
  • One features the French president in an unbuttoned shirt, lounging on a sofa
  • They were taken yesterday on the campaign trail, ahead of second voting round

Emmanuel Macron’s official photographer has released a series of behind-the-scenes pictures ahead of the second round of voting for the presidential election. 

Mr Macron can be seen in one photograph in an unbuttoned shirt, with his chest – along with noticeable chest hair – facing towards the camera.

The casual image of the French president has him with one arm lazing across the back of a mustard yellow sofa, and his other arm with a slightly rolled sleeve.

Mr Macron can be seen in one photograph in an unbuttoned shirt, with is chest towards the camera

In the candid pictures, the French president bears a resemblance to Bond actor Sean Connery and star Burt Reynolds – both known for their bountiful chest hair.

Social media users also compared the French premier to fuzzy-chested Roger Federer. 

Mr Macron is running hoping to beat far-Right politician Marine Le Pen in the election.

To do so, he will need to galvanise some support from the young who has surprisingly warmed to Marine Le Pen compared to her previous runs. 

With 12 candidates in the first round whittled down to two, now they must seek to appeal to the circa 50 per cent of voters who had other first-choice preferences. 

In past elections at national, regional and municipal levels, left- and right-wing voters have historically united to block the far right from power, a phenomenon known as a ‘republican front’. 

Analysts say the left-wing vote could likely be split, with a third going to Macron, a third going to Le Pen and a third abstaining. 

The pair going head-to-head is a repeat of the 2017 presidential election, when the first-round results were 24.01 per cent for Macron, and 21.03 per cent for Le Pen. 

Macron then went on to beat Le Pen with a resounding 66 per cent in the second round.


In the candid pictures, the French president bears a resemblance to Bond actor Sean Connery and star Burt Reynolds – both known for their bountiful chest hair

But experts say this election will be very different with voters disillusioned after five years of the centrist president’s globalist and pro-European policies, with Le Pen seeking to unite voters with her anti-Macron message. 

Ms Le Pen was popular with young voters in a poll earlier this month that suggested many felt aligned with her concerns on the cost of living crisis. Others found comfort in her other policies, which include strong views on the French identity, and Islam.  

Earlier this week, Mr Macron said that Ms Le Pen has a secret ‘Frexit’ plan to follow Britain out of the European Union and create a right-wing alliance with Poland and Hungary. 

The head of state made the claim in the middle of an election campaign that could see Ms Le Pen taking his job within two weeks.

Social media users also compared the French premier to fuzzy-chested Roger Federer

‘She wants to leave but dare not dare say so, and that’s never good’ said Mr Macron, as he discussed his bitter rival’s policies towards the EU at a rally in eastern France.

‘She says that she wants an alliance of nation states, but she is going to find herself in a corner and she is going to try to come up with an alliance with her friends.’ 

Mr Macron said French voters were too loyal to Europe to accept a ‘Frexit’, and so Ms Le Pen would attack the bloc from within after teaming up with the populist governments ‘in Poland and Hungary’. 

‘It would be a strange club,’ said Mr Macron. 

‘I don’t think it is a club that would be good for France. I don’t think it would be good for Europe.’

Mr Macron is a passionate Europhile who once described Brexit as ‘a crime’ delivered by dishonest politicians. 

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