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Call me Mr. President: Emmanuel Macron chastises French teen in viral video

Posted: Updated: Jun 19, 2018 10:01 AM
French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of late French General Charles de Gaulle's resistance call of June 18, 1940, at the Mont Valerien memorial in Suresnes, near Paris, France, Monday, June 18, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of late French General Charles de Gaulle's resistance call of June 18, 1940, at the Mont Valerien memorial in Suresnes, near Paris, France, Monday, June 18, 2018.

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

The unnamed junior high student was gathered with his classmates as President Emmanuel Macron attended a ceremony on the 78th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's call to resist the Nazis at the Mont Valerian fort near Paris. Hundreds of members of the French Resistance were executed at the site during World War II.

The teenager sang a line from socialist anthem "The Internationale" - apparently taking a dig at former investment banker Macron's business-generating policies - before breezing: "How's it going, Manu?'

To which the president responded: "No, you can't do that, no, no, no, no.'

"Sorry, Mr President,' the subdued boy answered.

But Macron wasn't done.

"You're here, at an official ceremony and you should behave. You can play the fool but today it's the Marseillaise (National anthem), the Chant des Partisans (French Resistance song), so you call me 'Mister President' or 'sir'. OK? There you go.'

"The day you want to start a revolution you study first in order to obtain a degree and feed yourself, OK? And then you can lecture others,' Macron said.

After Macron tweeted a video of the exchange, it went viral.

"Manu," is an often-used nickname for the 40-year-old president, who has attracted some criticism for his blunt language.

Last week, he said his nation was spending a "crazy amount of dough' on social welfare, leading dissenters to say he could not empathize with the poor.

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