Celebrating France's New President with a Nod to an Old One
The election of Emmanuel Macron, whose charm has been the subject of much media attention, got me thinking about my introduction to the concept of French presidential charm: Jacques Chirac. I am not alone here. Le Figaro has dubbed him a style icon. A New York Times Magazine piece referred to his custom of kissing women's hands as a portal to understanding the art of French seduction. There's even a Tumblr dedicated to documenting his "suave" ways. His political legacy may be questionable, but his charm is not. Here are 10 moments of Jacques Chirac je ne sais quoi.
Is this the let them eat cake of the 20th century? Being interviewed as Prime Minister of France in 1987.
Strutting on land...
...Swagger at sea. On the French Riviera as Prime Minister of France in 1987. The draped sweater adds so much.
Leading by example jumping a metro turnstile as Mayor of Paris, 1980.
Aboard the Concorde, wearing the Jacques Chirac equivalent of sweats- and a notable pair of slippers.
Lighting the cigarette of a certain Simone Veil, none other than the French Minister of Health, at a cabinet meeting in 1974.
French goverment official by day, cast member in The Godfather trilogy by night. According to Le Figaro, the way he held his cigarette between his thumb and his forefinger (or in this case middle finger) was a trademark.
A career in politics should never hinder one's interest in the arts.
...nor in sports. Also, this look is so good.
And finally, demonstrating an appetite for fashion forwardness...and pulling it off.
Vive La France! 🇫🇷✌🏽