Emmanuel Macron blasted for 'shameful' £540,000 splurge of taxpayer money on ...

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron has been labelled "shameful" after spending €600,000 (£540,709) of taxpayer's money on flowers for Elysée Palace in 2020.

PUBLISHED: 05:55, Mon, Jan 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 05:55, Mon, Jan 11, 2021

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This spending took place despite the coronavirus pandemic meaning the Palace was largely closed to visitors and hosted very few state functions. The president of France is entitled to use Elysée Palace as his or her official residence.

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Politis, a politics publication, was the first to announce the controversial figures.

The £540,000 figure included £360,472 on cut flowers and £28,837 on foliage to make bouquets according to the site.

Orchids and other plants accounted for another £18,000 each.

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According to Politis the figures are more than four times higher than comparable ones for Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, Mr Macron’s predecessors.

 

MacronEmmanuel Macron reportedly spent £540,000 on flowers for Elysee Palace (Image: GETTY)

MacronThe Elysee Palace is the official residence of the French president (Image: GETTY)

The publication reports Hollande, president until 2017, spend a total of £117,153 on flowers during 2011.

By contrast Mr Sarkozy averaged £129,770 during his time in office from 2007 to 2012.

During his time as president Mr Hollande had vowed to cut back on “unessential spending”.

French taxpayers used social media to expresses their outrage at Mr Macron’s proficiency.

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