Does Macron “copy” the Zelensky style? On Instagram with a long beard and a parà sweatshirt

Of Stefano Montefiori

A few days’ beard, the «Commando Parachutiste de l’Air» sweatshirt, the special strength of the paràs: this is how the photographer Soazig de la Moissonière portrays Macron in the rooms of the Elysée. He looks like military president Zelensky: a case?

PARIS The official photographer Soazig de la Moissonière has been posting on Instagram some images of French President Emmanuel Macron as he faces the international crisis from his Elysée office, on the phone with the other heads of state. On Sunday, March 13, Macron heard from Ukrainian President Zelensky and American President Biden, and the next day here are the images: you can see a Macron with a long beard, in jeans and a black sweatshirt with the “CPA 10” logo which stands for Commando Parachutiste de l’Air n ° 10, a special force of paratroopers stationed in Orléans-Bricy.

As Pete Souza followed and immortalized Barack Obama in the White House, so did he Soazig de la Moissonière has access to the rooms of the Elysée to give Macron a behind-the-scenes portrait. A few days ago the black and white shots of a president struggling with the tragedy of history, which many have compared to those of President Kennedy during the missile crisis in Cuba.

The new series of photographs, on the other hand, seems to be inspired by the style of Ukrainian President Zelensky, who – under the bombs of the Russians – publishes his videos wearing a military green t-shirt on Telegram. Soazig de la Moissonière goes from the very close-ups – the eyes, the right hand – to the profile photo, to a broader image in which one can also see the president’s close collaborators – such as diplomatic adviser Emmanuel Bonne or communications manager Anne-Sophie Bradelle – and a large painting by Pierre Soulages.

Macron he used to dress casually on weekends, and it is not the first time that he has been seen in jeans, sweatshirt and long beard, but the concomitance of the war in Ukraine and the popularity of Zelensky have focused attention on the coat of arms of the paratroopers: here is a Macron talking to Biden and Zelensky dressed casuallybut still head of the Armed Forces.


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