France, the white beard of Premier Philippe “symbol” of the Covid crisis

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PARIS – The French Prime Minister for several months Edouard Philippe appears with a showy white spot on the black beard, on the left side of the face. A depigmentation that has continued to grow, and that has fueled rumors about the health of the head of government. Philippe for the first time agreed to answer a question about his image, explaining during an interview with Paris Match that it is a disease, one vitiligo, without gravity, neither painful nor contagious.

The illness

Vitiligo affects 0.5% to 1% of the world’s population, according to Inserm (the French public research institute), and stress, in the medical sense of the term, it can favor the appearance or aggravation of vitiligo. There are those who point out the repetition difficulties faced by Philippe, from the revolt of the yellow vests to the strikes for the pension reform up to the management of the crisis of the COVID-19. In his entourage in the past a stroke of fatigue was evoked, similar to the one that caused his hair to whiten Barack Obama while staying in the White House.

The polls

In any case, public opinion seems to appreciate the commitment of the former mayor of Le Havre, who in recent weeks has returned to campaigning for the second round of the municipal elections, scheduled for Sunday 28 June. Philippe was very exposed during the epidemic, facing long television appearances to explain to the French the provisions and methods of combating the coronavirus. Citizens accepted a lockdown that was less severe than the Italian one but still rigorous and now that life is almost normal, the Prime Minister is experiencing a notable leap in popularity. In two months Philippe has gained 13 points and now gets 54% of favorable opinions, detaching the president Emmanuel Macron remained stable at 38%.

June 19, 2020 (change June 19, 2020 | 7:31 pm)

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