French President François Hollande spends $11,000 a month for his hairdresser, a contract published on a French weekly newspaper revealed on Wednesday. Le Canard Enchaine published the stylist’s employment contract, identifying him only as “Olivier B.,” according to the Agence France Presse news agency.
The French President Francois Hollande set social media alight after it was revealed his receding hairline is being maintained by a round-the-clock hairdresser at a cost of 10,000 euros a month to the taxpayer.
"Everyone gets haircuts," government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said. "This hairdresser had to abandon his salon and he's on tap 24 hours a day." Le Foll confirmed the report that Hollande's hairdresser was paid 9,985 euros per month, but stressed that the operational budget of the presidential Elysee Palace was cut by 15 to 20 percent after Hollande took over from Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012.
And the revelation means nothing unless Twitter fans showcase their best work on social media. Users mocked the French president by altering photographs and videos, showing Mr Hollande with rock-and-roll or punk haircuts, and in various other guises.