Macron ‘trying to earn kudos’ with new Zelensky-style military uniform: ‘Wants momentum’ | World | News
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his brutal invasion of Ukraine, Zelensky has drawn widespread praise for his resilience in the face of adversity. He spoke at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council via video link on Tuesday afternoon, just days after Russia was accused of war crimes in the form of massacres of civilians around kyiv. Since the start of the war, Zelensky ditched the formalities of a suit and tie and instead sported an olive green military t-shirt.
Whether addressing the House of Commons or recording a pre-recording message for the Grammys, the president has continued to don military attire.
In photos shared on social media last month, French President Mr Macron appeared to take inspiration from the Ukrainian leader by showing up to work in jeans and a hoodie of French paratroopers.
As the footage invited criticism on social media, Dr David Lees told Express.co.uk the French electorate is unlikely to be phased by the president’s attempt to “win kudos ” with his choice of dress.
Of the outfit, Dr Lees said: ‘It’s clear he’s trying to get kudos. Kind of a boost from there.
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“I’m not really sure the French will care anyway.
“I think they are very grateful for Macron’s leadership, especially on welcoming refugees, and in terms of a sense of really supporting Ukraine.
“There might be a bit of fun in that naturally, but I don’t think it will be as bad as you might expect.
“If this had happened a year ago, we might have been talking about different things, saying, ‘Actually, this is really going to cost him his campaign.’
Meanwhile, Dr Lees noted that Mr Macron’s choice of outfit echoed some of his predecessors at the Élysée.
He said: “I think it reflects the military background of some of the former French presidents.
“If you look at someone like [Charles] De Gaulle himself was an army general, but he was always depicted in military uniform, especially when threats hung over his presidency.
“It’s not an unusual thing for a French president. I think even François Hollande was photographed in military uniform.
A poll released by Elabe on April 1 predicted that Mr Macron would lead National Rally leader Marine Le Pen by just six points if the duo meet in the second round of the election, as expected.
Mr. Macron is expected to collect 53% of the vote, against 47% for Ms. Le Pen.
Dr Lees believes Mr Macron’s media nature will stand him in good stead if he takes on his far-right rival.
He said: ‘Every presidential election reporter spends hours poring over the details of the campaigns of these presidential figures, but really since the 1970s, it’s been a very personal, very stylized choice.
“They’re actually very interested in how someone looks, how someone dresses, what their personal life is like.
“Television debates are a massive thing in France, in terms of the debate between the two rounds in particular where you have the two frontrunners going against each other.
“Macron is a very television figure who understands how the media works.
“If Le Pen qualifies for the second round, it’s really great for Macron.”