Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Macron rips sassy teen for calling him by nickname: 'You should behave'

Macron rips sassy teen for calling him by nickname: 'You should behave'

"He may seem like an approachable young fella, but it doesn't mean you can be all 'hey how's it goin" to French president Emmanuel Macron.

The boy had asked Mr Macron "ca va Manu?" - which means "how's it going, Manu?" - and apologised after receiving a stern lecture.

The shaggy-haired high schooler was waiting to meet Macron during an official visit to Paris celebrating members of the French Resistance who fought against Nazis during World War II.

"You can't just behave like that".

A cheeky French teenager got his comeuppance Monday - from none other than the country's president.

"Sorry, Mr President", the teenager said.

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The 40-year-old leader was shaking hands with bystanders when the boy was singing the socialist anthem -The Internationale before cheekily greeting the president.

"You address me as "Mr President of the Republic" or "Sir", OK?"

Macron responded by giving the teen a dressing down and said: "No, you can't do that, no, no, no, no". "First earn a diploma and learn how to put food on the table".

It comes as Macron - who adopted a regal, top-down style on taking office - himself faces criticism for his at-times blunt language. And last week, a video emerged in which Macron complained that the French were spending a "crazy amount of dough" on social welfare.

Macron's critics held the video up as evidence that the man they call the "president of the rich" lacked empathy with the poor.

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