PUBLISHED: 07:23, Wed, Sep 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:25, Wed, Sep 9, 2020
Emmanuel Macron sparked the fury of Twitter users after footage of a visit to a French high school was shared on social media. In the video, France's president could be seen being caught up in a coughing fit while addressing the students before removing his face mask and coughing into his hand. French officials have long demanded citizens ensure they cough or sneeze into their elbow to avoid spreading the coronavirus should they touch something in the immediate aftermath.
Mr Macron cleaned his hands with sanitiser following the first fit before being handed a glass of water and removing his mask for the first time.
But after a second round of coughing, the President is seen removing his mask to again cough into his hand.
He then can be seen asking a nearby aide for a thinner mask before passing him his mic with the hand he coughed in to don the new mask.
Mr Macron then wore the new mask having retrieved the mic from the aide with the same hand, and continued to deliver his speech.
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Emmanuel Macron was accused of breaking his own COVID-19 rules (Image: DW)
Emmanuel Macron was seen removing his face mask and coughing into his hand (Image: DW)
The French President later defended himself as he insisted he had recently submitted himself to COVID-19 tests after visiting a red zone the previous day.
Mr Macron said: "I think I chocked on a bit of this cloth mask.
"Like I've said, I've been following our own testing protocol. Yesterday, returning from a red zone, I underwent a PCR test which came back negative.
But with sharp rises in coronavirus cases across France, the footage sparked the ires of many French citizens across social media.
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