France's Macron slammed for Zelensky 'cosplay' moment

France's Macron slammed for Zelensky 'cosplay' moment
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has adopted a 'military casual' look, as he leads his country in a war with Russia.
2 min read
15 March, 2022
Macron is looking for re-election next month [Getty]

French President Emmanuel Macron has been mocked for his apparent attempt to mimic the 'military casual' look adopted by Ukraine's war leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

Macron was snapped by his official photographer at the Elysee Palace on Sunday, unshaven and wearing a black hoodie that showed the emblem of France's crack Parachute Commando n° 10, C.P.A 10 division.

Macron's adoption of this new casual look stands in stark contrast with his usual debonair appearance.

It also coincides with a phenomenally successful public relations campaign by President Zelensky who has taken to directing Ukraine's war with Russia from his office wearing olive military t-shirts and also going several days without a shave.

Zelensky's 'wartime leader look' has seen the president win blanket praise for his conduct in western media and made him one of the most popular politicians in Europe.

Some generous pundits have suggested that Macron, too, has been bitten by the 'Zelensky Effect', while others have accused the French president of cos-playing.

Others defended Macron, saying the hoodie and jeans fit as his usual weekend attire.

Macron is standing for re-election next month, where he is facing competition from far-right contenders Marine Le Penn and Eric Zammour.

Bookies have him down to comfortably win the presidential race but the centrist president had hedged his bets with a tougher approach to foreign policy and immigration in recent months in an apparent bid to pick up right-wing votes.