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Macron Scolds a Teen, and It Goes Viral

'Call me 'Mr. President,'' says French leader
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2018 4:03 AM CDT
French President Emmanuel Macron makes selfie with children during a ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of late French General Charles de Gaulle's resistance call of June 18, 1940, at the Mont Valerien...   (Charles Platiau/Pool via AP)

(Newser) – "How's it going, Manu?" That's how a French teen greeted French President Emmanuel Macron at a WWII remembrance event on Monday, using a common nickname. Big mistake. "No, you can't do that, no, no, no, no," said Macron, who stopped to issue a scolding that has since made the rounds on French social media. It surely did not help the teen's case that he also sang a few lines from a famous Socialist anthem in an apparent dig at Macron's pro-business policies, reports AFP. You can watch the exchange here. "You're here, at an official ceremony and you should behave," Macron told the teen, who quickly apologized. "You can play the fool but today it's the Marseillaise, the Chant des Partisans (French Resistance song), so you call me 'Mister President' or 'Sir'. OK?"

Macron wasn't through, however. "The day you want to start a revolution you study first in order to obtain a degree and feed yourself, OK? And then you can lecture others." A post at DW.com can't help but point out that the 40-year-old French leader has gotten into hot water himself with comments seen as insensitive, such as when a factory worker suggested he was an out-of-touch man in a suit, and Macron responded that the "best way to pay for a suit is to get a job." And last week, a video emerged in which Macron complained that the French were spending a "crazy amount of dough" on social welfare. (Read more Emmanuel Macron stories.)

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