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Macron scolds teen for asking 'How's it going, Manu?'

21 June 2018

First Post claim that Macron only has a 30 per cent approval rate less than two years into his presidency.

President Emmanuel Macron has upbraided a French teenager after the boy addressed him informally as "Manu" and sang the socialist anthem in front of him.

A cheeky teen who dared greet him with a breezy "How's it going, Manu", during an official outing near Paris on Monday was left red-faced after receiving a sharp dressing-down from the 40-year-old leader.

Macron advised the boy should change his song choice, call him "Mr President" and "do things in the right order".

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"You're here, at an official ceremony and you should behave", he went on.

Since taking office, Macron has frequently come under fire in the French press for what are seen as delusions of grandeur out of place in the cradle of republicanism.

"Sorry, Mr. President", the teenager said, looking abashed.

Macron was attending a ceremony in northern France to commemorate General Charles De Gaulle's call for popular resistance during World War II. "And then you can start lecturing other people".

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The French president was greeting crowds while visiting the Mont Valerien memorial, which marks the spot where hundreds of the French resistance were executed by German soldiers. "No, you can't do that, no, no, no, no", the irked president told the youngster who was waiting with his school friends.

"So you can fool around, but today it's the Marseillaise, the Chant des Partisans, so you call me "Mr President".

The tense exchange was captured on video and shared on social media.

"If you want to make a revolution, you first need to learn enough to get a degree, and to feed yourself".

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Macron scolds teen for asking 'How's it going, Manu?'