PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is facing a scandal over the exorbitant price of his haircuts.
The revelations that the Socialist leader — elected on a populist mandate of taxing the super-wealthy — spends nearly 10,000 euros ($11,000) a month on his presidential barber has been dubbed Coiffeurgate. Hollande, 61, is not known for having unusually difficult hair.
The scandal further mars the image of the historically unpopular Hollande as he tries to show a dignified front Thursday on Bastille Day, the country’s national holiday, while greeting the public. It also deepens his uphill struggle to recapture the Elysee palace in next May’s general election.
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